The $1.5 million Renault ZOE2 automated vehicle has been launched in a suburban environment in Queensland to help future research.
For six kilometres the car navigated roundabouts, cross streets and driveways through Shailer Park in Brisbane.
The car will play a role in the Queensland government’s Cooperative and Highly Automated driving program which will travel around the state over the coming years testing the state’s automated vehicle readiness.
It is built with with high-tech sensors, LIDAR, cameras, computers and software to record data for research.
It will also assist the Department of Transport and Main Roads to ensure road infrastructure, legislation, regulation and licencing arrangements are ready for these vehicles.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the strong showing is proof Queensland wants to lead the way on automated vehicle technology.
“Not only do we want Queensland roads to be AV-ready, we want Queensland industry to be AV-ready too and to create the jobs of the future right here,” Mr. Bailey said.
Built by French research consortium VEDECOM, CEO Philippe Watteau said the research collaboration was looking forward to working together with Queensland researchers.
“We are pleased to have supplied ZOE2 to Transport and Main Roads and Queensland University of Technology and are looking forward to working together in the fast-developing field of sustainable, shared and autonomous mobility,” Mr. Watteau said.
“Our cooperation with Queensland researchers underpins our common goal of identifying innovative mobility solutions and reinforces France-Australia strategic cooperation in the field of innovation.”
Queensland University of Technology Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Director Professor Andry Rakotonirainy said the unique research vehicle, one of the most advanced of its type, was born from strong international collaboration and would enhance Australia’s capacity to assess the safety of automated vehicles.
“This vehicle will facilitate multidisciplinary investigations into how road users accept, adopt and cooperate with new automated systems. It will assist in identifying and addressing policy, institutional, societal and regulatory challenges to ensure their safe integration into our transport system,” Professor Rakotonirainy said.