Centre for Road Safety

[John Wall, of Transport for NSW, stands in front of a road safety research utility vehicle.]

Graphic: John Wall, Manager Road Safety Technology, NSW Centre for Road Safety

John Wall: Hi there. I'm John Wall, manager of Road Safety Technology with the New South Wales Centre for Road Safety. The New South Wales government fleet consists of more than 27,000 vehicles, making it the largest government fleet in Australia.

[An aerial view shows vehicles travelling on a highway.]

John Wall: Each year, more than $220 million worth of state government vehicles enters the second-hand vehicle market.

[Cut back to John Wall in front of the Road Safety Research vehicle.]

John Wall: A priority action of the Long Term Transport Master Plan is to test collision avoidance technology.

[From a rear-passenger-seat view we see a man driving a sedan along the right-hand lane of a two-lane city road, with two other vehicles ahead. A Mobileye device is installed on the dash of the vehicle with the numbers ‘1.6’ on the display and a ‘green’ vehicle icon.]

[The driver turns to reach an item from the front passenger seat and is distracted from the road. The vehicle in front brakes. The device begins to count down to ‘0.0’ and displays a ‘red flashing’ vehicle icon.]

Graphic: A ‘tracking’ target graphic appears on the windshield to demonstrate that the device senses the vehicle in front is getting closer, and there will likely be a collision.

[In slow motion, we see the driver’s foot release the accelerator and step onto the brake pedal.]

[From driver’s view, we see a pedestrian crossing the road talking on a mobile phone. The Mobileye device displays a ‘flashing red man’ icon. As the driver brakes, the startled man stops and turns to acknowledge the driver.]

John Wall: A collision avoidance system warns a driver if there is risk of hitting another vehicle or a pedestrian.

Graphic: FleetCAT; Fleet Collision Avoidance Technology Trial; NSW Government logo, Transport for NSW logo

John Wall: The FleetCAT project, or the Fleet Collision Avoidance Technology Trial, is being managed by the Road Safety Technology team in the New South Wales Centre for Road Safety, which is part of Transport for NSW.

[A street view shows a vehicle driving on a city road. We then see the male driver's face, and again from the rear passenger seat with the Mobileye device installed on the dash of the vehicle.]

Narrator: The system we are trialling in this project is called Mobileye.

[From a driver’s view we see multiple vehicles travelling on a two-lane lane city street.the driver is travelling in the left lane, closes to the kerb.]

Graphic: Labels appear around the closest vehicles to represent their distance. The distance to the vehicle directly in front is 2.2 metres, while the vehicle in the right lane is 1.6 metres away.

[As the traffic moves a motorcyclist on the right  travels past the driver.]

Graphic: The lane markings and vehicles are highlighted to demonstrate how the system senses distances, showing ‘Closest in-path vehicle’ ‘Distance from all vehicles’, ‘Distance to left lane’ and  ‘Distance to right lane’.

Narrator: The Mobileye system has a range of sensors that provide the driver with information about the immediate environment surrounding the vehicle, like the road conditions and other road users.

[From a rear-passenger-seat view we see a man travelling in the right lane of a two-lane city road There is a vehicle in front of him in the same lane, and another in the lave to his left. On the other side of the road a bus travels in the opposite direction. The Mobileye device installed on the dash of the vehicle shows a ‘green’ vehicle icon. The driver becomes briefly distracted reaching for something on the passenger seat.]

Graphic: FleetCAT project; Round icons for four stages labelled: ‘stage 1’, ‘stage 2’, ‘stage 3’ and ‘stage 4’

Narrator: The FleetCAT trial phase will involve four stages.

Graphic: FleetCAT project, Stage 1. The Mobileye system is installed and data is recorded. No visual or audio alerts are given to the driver.

Narrator: Stage 1 - the Mobileye system is installed and data is recorded and collected for three months, but no visual or audio alerts are given to the driver.

Graphic: FleetCAT project; Stage 2: Visual and audio alerts from the Mobileye system are given to the driver and data is collected for three months.’

Narrator: Stage 2 - all visual and audio alerts are given to the driver through the Mobileye system for three months and data is collected.

Graphic: FleetCAT project; Stage 3: Data is collected for one month. No visual or audio alerts are given to the driver.

Narrator: Stage 3 - data is collected for one month, but no visual or audio alerts are given to the driver.

Graphic: FleetCAT project; Stage 4: Drivers will complete a survey so we can hear about their experience of the trial.

Narrator: In Stage 4, the drivers will be asked to complete a survey to obtain their experiences during the trial.

[From various angles we see cars travelling on a variety of streets and multiple-lane roads.]

Narrator: The data collected will measure the Mobileye system's effectiveness in reducing crashes by monitoring driving behaviour and the effectiveness technology can have on this behaviour. It is also hoped the data will help determine if technology like this is a worthwhile investment into the New South Wales state vehicle fleet in the future.

Graphic: For more information; Contact the NSW Centre for Road Safety, Road Safety Technology section. Email roadsafetytechnology@transport.nsw.gov.au; NSW Government and Transport for NSW logo.

Narrator: For more information, Contact the NSW Centre for Road Safety.

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