Transurban tests robotic self-wheeling traffic cones

Remote-controlled robotic traffic cones and smart rumble strips will be trialled on the Victorian tollway Citylink.

The cones which have small wheels attached are expected to help boost safety for people working in live traffic.

“Road workers can be vulnerable in live traffic and we currently have 10,000 people working to build new roads and more lanes on our projects across the country who all deserve to get home safely,” Transurban Group Executive Victoria and Strategy Wes Ballantine said.

If successful, the robotic traffic cones will remove the risk for road workers to manually place or move traffic cones on busy roads during construction.

Smart rumble strips will also be installed with sensors attached. When a car passes over the rumble strip workers will be alerted on a wearable device that will light up, vibrate and sound an alarm so workers can get out of danger.

The testing will be done during routine maintenance closures of the Burnley and Domain tunnels to manage safety in a controlled environment.

In partnership with Telstra, Transurban will begin testing the new initiatives by the end of the year.

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