Cooperative and Highly Automated Driving (CHAD) Pilot

Wednesday 9 October 2019

12:30PM – 1:15PM AEDT


The Cooperative and Highly Automated Driving (CHAD) Pilot, is being delivered by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) and Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC). To understand safety challenges around the introduction of advanced vehicle technology and to inform government direction, the CHAD pilot seeks to broadly identify the potential impacts of introducing Cooperative and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) on Queensland roads with a focus on:
• Interaction with physical road infrastructure
• Interaction with digital infrastructure
• Interaction with other road users
• Driver behaviour (the human to machine interface)
The pilot includes the ZOE1 research platform, built on an electric Renault ZOE, it is not automated but includes sensors and algorithms likely to be used in an automated vehicle. Between July 2018 and July 2019, ZOE1 collected data over approximately 1,200kms of urban and rural roads in Southeast Queensland to assess:
• Suitability of road lines, road signs and traffic sign for CAV in day, night and rain
• How existing built and signed infrastructure would affect the accurate positioning of CAVs
• Use of prior maps and LIDAR to supplement camera vision.
This data was analysed using state of the art sensor processing algorithms. Using this data the team at QUT’s Australian Centre for Robotic Vision tested automated systems’ responses as per the scope. The final report will be made available towards the end of 2019.

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