Centre for Road Safety

Future of automated driving

The Highly Automated Vehicle Safety Initiative (HAVSI) allows the Road Safety Technology team to assess the merits and limitations of highly automated vehicles in NSW.

With level 2 automated features, our Volvo XC90 research vehicle (also known as SAFET1) is used as the test car to assess highly automated features.

Assessing the readiness of Sydney motorways for automated driving

In 2018, in partnership with Transurban, we conducted a large-scale trial to assess the readiness of the Sydney Orbital Network for semi-autonomous vehicles. This trial consisted of 12 connecting motorways forming a 113-kilometre loop around Sydney.

The aim for this trial was to achieve a greater understanding of the minimum requirements for line marking, speed signs and other key infrastructure necessary to facilitate the safe operation of highly automated vehicles on NSW roads.

A report on the readiness of Sydney’s Orbital Motorway for more automated vehicles can be found on the Transurban website.

Assessing semi-automated driving in snowy conditions

In 2020, we completed a functionality assessment of SAFET1’s highly automated features when driving in snowy weather conditions. The research team conducted testing in the Snowy Mountains region, including the Thredbo, Perisher and Jindabyne areas. The highly automated features tested were:

  • Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Pilot Assist
  • Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR)/Automatic Speed Limiter.

More information

If you would like more information on the HAVSI project, please email us at Road Safety Technology.