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Implications of Pavement Markings for Machine Vision

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Introducing automated vehicles could dramatically impact the Australian and New Zealand travelling public’s driving experience and the industry’s approach to road safety and road design. This journey will undoubtedly take many years and considerable efforts in partnerships, testing, certification, design and legislation. A growing range of vehicles already available in the market offer automated-steering functions enabled by Advanced Driver-Assistance Systems (ADAS). Their performance depends on the vehicle’s technology and the environment where they are used. Greater consistency and quality in pavement markings will benefit not only automated vehicles but also all road users.

This webinar, presented on 21 October 2020 by Julien Marr, April Zhang, Scott Benjamin and John Wall, focuses on the outcomes of the Austroads research project, which was conducted to understand how longitudinal pavement markings affect automated steering functions and how existing design and maintenance practices could be improved.

Vehicles and Technology: Future State 2030

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This webinar, presented by Andrew Somers and John Wall on 6 August 2020, outlines the results of Austroads’ forecasts regarding penetration of automated, connected and electric vehicles technologies into new vehicles and vehicle fleets through to 2030. Each forecast focuses on a specific attribute, including:

  • Active safety systems
  • Capability for automated driving on motorways, in urban areas and in rural areas
  • Connectivity via Cooperative ITS (C-ITS) or to the cloud via mobile data networks
  • Battery Electric Vehicles
  • Used for hire with a driver (as taxi, rideshare, etc).

These forecasts show the effects of a likely pattern of technology adoption and the proliferation of that technology through the fleet. As such, many of the forecasts show that only modest proportions of the fleet are equipped by 2030.

While outside of scope, considerations of the impacts of the technologies remain important and one role of this project was to provide forecasts on anticipated penetration to inform continued discussions on and planning for these impacts.

C-ITS Compliance Assessment Framework for Australia and New Zealand

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This webinar provides an overview of Austroads' assessment of options for the development of a C-ITS Compliance Assessment Framework in Australia and New Zealand.

It covers
• background of the study
• C-ITS state of play
• C-ITS Compliance Assessment Framework model options and assessment
• key findings from the literature review and stakeholder consultations
• main conclusions and recommended future work.

The webinar was presented on 11 December 2018, by Niko Limans, Jesper Engdahl, Dr Cornelie van Driel and David Green.

Evaluation of the European C-ITS Platform including Threat, Vulnerability and Risk Analysis

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This webinar provides an overview of Austroads’ evaluation of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute Threat, Vulnerability and Risk Analysis (ETSI TVRA) for the European C-ITS platform in the Australian context.

It covers

  • background of the study
  • areas related to the EU C-ITS platform and their implications in an Austroads context
  • areas of interest not covered in the ETSI TVRA
  • central ITS stations, personal ITS stations and cellular communications
  • issues and recommendations to address them.

The webinar was presented on 6 December 2018 by David Green and Niko Limans.

Connected and Automated Vehicles Open Data

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This webinar outlines the strategic context on the supply of road operator data for connected and automated vehicles use in Australia, and the recommended next steps to navigate through this evolving field.

The webinar was presented on 13 November 2018 by Chris Jones, Andrew Somers and John Wall.

Implications of Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) Systems for Road Operators

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This webinar provides an overview of an Austroads study into Traffic Sign Recognition Systems in Australia and New Zealand.

It covers the findings from real world automated vehicle trials and insights into the recommended actions for road operators, manufacturers and industry bodies.

The webinar was presented on 23 October 2018, by Chris Jones, Mark Rowland and Yasmin Roper.

Operations of Automated Heavy Vehicles in Remote and Regional Areas

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This webinar presents challenges around the introduction of automated heavy vehicles to remote and regional areas and the opportunities for future their use in Australia and New Zealand.

It covers the views of international experts on:

• cellular connectivity and digital infrastructure requirements 
• geofencing and managing access 
• physical infrastructure impact and requirements 
• platooning operations and technology advancement.

The webinar was presented on 25 September 2018, by Anthony Germanchev, Dr Ronny Kutadinata and Dr Steve Shladover.

Connected and Automated Vehicles Trials

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This webinar provides an overview of progress and key lessons learnt from three major Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV) trials in Australia.

It covers: 
• ARRB/ConnectEast/VicRoads development of road certification criteria for partially automated vehicles on motorways through testing of a range of vehicles equipped with traffic sign recognition, lane keeping assistance, and adaptive cruise control.
• Queensland’s Connected and Automated Vehicle Initiative’s C-ITS Pilot which is testing eight C-ITS use-cases on 500 vehicles on arterial and motorway roads in Ipswich.
• NSW Centre for Road Safety Cooperative Intelligent Transport Initiative’s (CITI) project which is the first large scale evaluation of C-ITS applications in heavy vehicles.

The webinar was presented on 3 July 2018 by Chris Jones, Niko Limans, Samantha Taylor, Dr Miranda Blogg and John Wall.

Safety Benefits of Cooperative ITS and Automated Driving in Australia and New Zealand

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This webinar provides an overview of the findings of an Austroads research report into the safety benefits of Cooperative ITS and Automated Driving in Australia and New Zealand. The webinar was presented by Chris Jones and Dr David Logan on 23 October 2017.

Assessment of Key Road Operator Actions to Support Automated Vehicles

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This webinar provides an overview of the challenges posed by the operation of automated vehicles on public roads. The webinar was presented by Stuart Ballingall and Scott Benjamin on 16 June 2017.

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