Centre for Road Safety

Cooperative Intelligent Transport Initiative (1 minute, 40 seconds)

[Electronic background music plays as an animated truck travels on a highway. The NSW Government/Transport for NSW waratah logo is painted on the side of the truck, along with the words: CITI, Cooperative Intelligent Transport Initiative.]

[A series of shots show cars and large trucks travelling on busy roads.]

Narrator: The Cooperative Intelligent Transport Initiative, or CITI project is the first in Australia to use Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems.

[Animation shows receiving devices and a small electronic screen with the CITI speed app displaying 40 k/mh.]

Narrator: And the only one in the world to focus on heavy vehicles.

[Animation shows a heavy vehicle with antennas on the roof of the truck that detect signals and relay them to a receiver in the cabin.]

[Animation shows a red truck travelling behind a blue truck on an urban road. The trucks are able to receive messages and as the red truck gets too close to the blue truck, an alarm notification (!) appears on the apps screen mounted on the truck’s dashboard.]

Narrator: This technology allows drivers to receive safety messages about upcoming hazards that could cause a crash.

[Animation shows radio signals sent from a truck’s cabin, then from a set of traffic lights.]

Narrator: The messages come from technology attached to the vehicles and infrastructure like traffic lights.

[Video shows trucks travelling on a road. A white car approaches from the left and stops, waiting to enter the road. We see a visual display unit mounted on the dashboard of a truck, showing that there is a car on the left waiting to turn.]

Narrator: This technology is referred to as vehicle-to-vehicle communication, or vehicle to infrastructure communication.

[Animation shows signals broadcast from an antenna. Video shows cars and trucks travelling on a road.]

Narrator: The technology can determine the speed, braking and location of a vehicle.

[Animation shows the view through a truck driver’s windscreen. A device on the dashboard warns the driver that the road veers around to the right.]
Narrator: When it detects a potential crash with another vehicle equipped with the same technology, it alerts the driver with an audiovisual alert on their CITS device inside the vehicle.

[Animation shows two trucks approaching an intersection. Both receive radio signals and a small screen on the dashboard warns a driver that there is another truck approaching the intersection. Animation shows an intersection with radio signals sent from traffic lights.]

Narrator: The CITS device also shows when a vehicle is approaching a red light and alerts the driver if they go over the speed limit while travelling down Mount Ousley Road.

[Animation shows the device on the dashboard warning the driver that there is a red traffic light up ahead. As a truck starts a descent, the device warns the driver that there is a 40km/h speed limit up ahead.]

[Artist impression from inside the truck cabin of the red truck, drivers view; the app is active and displayed on a device with information about vehicle proximity.]

Narrator: The CITS device also shows when a vehicle is approaching a red light and alerts the driver if they go over the speed limit while travelling down Mount Ousley Road.

[Arial shot of Mount Ousley Road. Animation shows a map of the trial area in the Illawarra.]

Narrator: The initiative is being held in the Illawarra and covers 2,300 kilometres of the NSW road network.

[Animation shows multiple trucks. A graphic reads: 60 Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems.]

Narrator: So far, the project has fitted 60 trucks and three traffic lights with the technology, and will continue to expand.

[Animation shows signals broadcast from traffic lights near Masters Road, Springhill Road and Tom Thumb Road.]

Narrator: Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems have the potential to make our roads safer and more efficient.

[Series of shots show a driver and passenger in the cabin of a truck as they enter a freight yard, a large truck in a roundabout, and trucks and cars travelling on a highway.]

[Animation shows radio signals and a tablet device displaying various warning signals: red light ahead, intersection collision warning, traffic proximity warning, speed warning, high wind area, proximity collision warning.]

Narrator: The Centre for Road Safety will collect and analyse all the data from CITI, with the potential for the technology to enable driverless vehicles of the future to talk to each other.

End credits: Email your questions to: citi.support@transport.nsw.gov.au
NSW Government Transport for NSW logo.

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