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.

Back to Cooperative Intelligent Transport Initiative

Time travelling for road safety (1 minute)

Opening title: The Centre for Road Safety's Connected Vehicle Technology Trial, NSW Government waratah logo, Towards Zero logo.

[Traffic moves along a highway.]

Narrator: The Centre for Road Safety is running a trial of connected vehicle technology called the Cooperative Intelligent Transport Initiative, or CITI.

Title: Cooperative Intelligent Transport Initiative, CITI

[Animation shows a red truck following a blue truck. Concentric circles pulse above the trucks. When the red truck draws too close, its circles emit an exclamation mark. On the red truck's dashboard-mounted display, a red collision symbol appears between the two arrow icons that depict the trucks.]

Narrator: Connected vehicle technology enables vehicles to communicate with each other and roadside infrastructure, such as traffic lights, fitted with the same technology to alert drivers about upcoming hazards that could cause a crash.

[Animation shows concentric circles pulse from traffic lights, and from a red car and a blue car which are heading for the same intersection on different roads. The blue car has the right of way through the green traffic light. On the blue car's dashboard-mounted display arrows warn that the red car is coming from the blue car's right. A red collision symbol appears between the two arrows. The blue car stops. The red car drives past, through the red light.]

[A technician wearing a NSW Government safety vest shows a driver the dashboard-mounted display in her car. The small screen sits in the corner of the dashboard behind the steering wheel. The woman drives off.]

Narrator: Our world-leading research into connected vehicle technology is an example of the way we're applying a safe system approach to road safety.

[The Safe System logo is superimposed over traffic on a highway. The circular logo has four segments surrounding a central yellow circle. The circle contains the words, "Towards Zero death and serious injury through a safe system." The four segments are labelled Safe roads, Safe speeds, Safe people and Safe vehicles, each with its own graphic.

Narrator: The safe system approach acknowledges roads, roadsides and vehicles need to be designed to minimise crashes or reduce the impact if a crash does happen.

[Shots of traffic on city streets. The Safe vehicles section of the logo remains visible in the top right of the screen.]

[Shots of traffic on a busy highway and a road near the ocean.]

[A document titled 'Road Safety Plan 2021' is shown, along with a graphic: Reduce deaths and injuries on NSW roads by 30%.]

Narrator: This is just one of the actions being delivered under the Road Safety Plan 2021 to reduce deaths and serious injuries on the NSW road network by 30 per cent by 2021.

[Shots of traffic on freeways.]

Narrator: And help achieve the longer term aspirational goal outlined in the Future Transport strategy of zero trauma on our road network.

End credits: NSW Government logo, Towards Zero logo.

Back to CITI Light Vehicle Study