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Austroads engages Arup on Connected and Automated Vehicle Sign Recognition Trials


Arup’s transport specialists will advise and undertake on behalf of Austroads, their study into the Implications of in-vehicle Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) Systems for Road Operators. The study will inform guidance for Australasian road authorities in preparing for the arrival of Connected and Autonomous vehicles.

Austroads is the peak organisation of Australasian road transport and traffic agencies. Austroads study’s and Guides inform the design, construction, maintenance and operation of the road network in Australia and New Zealand. All road agencies across Australasia have adopted the Austroads Guides. The project combines real world connected and automated vehicle (CAV) trials and research of world best practice for TSR technology. Prototype and commercially available vehicles will be tested throughout November 2017 at the AARC test track in Anglesea as well as in Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. The trials will feature the involvement of a range of vehicle manufacturers and will help prepare Australian and New Zealand roads for the future of driverless vehicles.

The study will also involve extensive consultation with state-based Australian and New Zealand road agencies, members of Austroads’ Traffic Management Working Group, relevant Australian Standards committee for traffic signs, signage and vehicle manufacturers and camera technology specialists. 

Arup brings local and international experience to the trials, and working in partnership with Safe Systems Solutions and Monash University Institute of Transport Studies, the study aims to identify current issues, provide recommendations and develop an information and engagement program with and for key stakeholders when considering how traffic sign design should respond to current and future TSR technologies.

A collaborator to the project team is Transurban who with VicRoads is currently running a two year CAV trials program, the outcomes of which will inform and complement the Austroads TSR study.

This key study will provide Austroads and relevant road agencies with a deeper understanding of the implications of Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) technology. It will set a path forward for road operators, transport authorities and key stakeholders – helping prepare our road networks for the introduction of more efficient mobility options in the future.” - Mark Rowland

The study will run until September 2018.

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