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NEWS FEATURE Cooperative ITS Funds for pioneers


ITS Australia welcomes heavy vehicle smart technology trials, as Barry Ooisthuizen reports


The new Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems Initiative is a test bed for Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems technologies to be developed in New South Wales along the busy 42 kilometre route from the Hume Highway/Picton Road interchange at Wilton to the Port Kembla, south of Wollongong. The photo depicts Dedicated Short Range Communication radio equipped heavy vehicles on the Mount Ousley incline


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ew funding of A$1.7m (€1.32m) recently announced by the Federal and New South Wales


Governments for trials of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) technologies has been welcomed by Intelligent Transport Systems Australia. The Heavy Vehicle Safety and


Productivity Program funds provide for pioneering projects involving heavy vehicle to infrastructure communication technologies to make roads safer. On the busy South Sydney to Port


Kembla truck corridor, the Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems Initiative (CITI) provides for the fitting of dedi- cated short range communication trans- ceivers to heavy vehicles that regularly travel this route. ITS Australia Chief Executive Officer Susan Harris said this is one of the few


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C-ITS trials around the world focused on heavy vehicles. “This facility will be set up with major players in the logis- tics industry to establish this corridor as a test bed for trialling a range of C-ITS technologies in real world conditions. “This corridor features steeps gradi-


ents and carries a large portion of the trucks travelling to and from the port. These heavy vehicles are mixed in with light vehicle traffic, which creates testing driving conditions ideal for such devel- opment work,” she explained.


TAKING THE INITIATIVE The CITI project has the potential to speed development and testing of C-ITS technologies such as: • Provision of real time traffic signal phase and timing (SPAT) information to the driver in the vehicle cabin.


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• Provide advanced driver alerts about conditions at intersections, particu- larly at high risk junctions.


• Test approaches to communication spectrum allocation.


• Explore issues associated with C-ITS applications in remote areas away from fixed line power supply.


• Systems that streamline commercial activities, such as access to and from the Port.


In addition, the Heavy Vehicle Safety and Productivity Program will fund a Connected Rest Area Project using C-ITS to enable heavy vehicle drivers to locate rest areas and to explore the inte- gration of this technology within exist- ing systems, including drivers’ electronic work diaries. “The safety and productivity of


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