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Safety Pilot Launched to Test Remotely Operated Vehicles on the 95 Express Lanes

We’ve joined forces with Silicon Valley start-up Phantom Auto to test technology that enables a remote human operator to drive vehicles – potentially taking road workers out of harm’s way.

CREDIT: Transurban
CREDIT: Transurban

The mobility revolution is moving ahead at a rapid pace and at the forefront is the introduction of connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). However, real-world testing continues to show vulnerabilities as CAVs navigate varied environments – for example, vehicles maneuvering around construction zones, through severe weather or traffic incidents.

Remote operations allows a human driver, at an offsite location, to take control if the vehicle gets confused. This technology is a valuable mechanism that could provide for a safer transition to fully autonomous vehicles. Transurban has hundreds of construction and maintenance workers on our roads to keep safe and by removing the driver of vehicles, like truck mounted attenuators, we can reduce risks associated with live traffic work zones. 

On-road trials will take place in Q4 of FY19.

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