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Connected and Automated Vehicle Trials

The following is a summary of Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) trials involving Austroads member road transport authorities.

New South Wales


  • ITS Grants Program the VicRoads grants program is working with industry to undertake a range of trials and assessments to clarify the current and new infrastructure technology needed to optimise mobility and safety benefits from emerging technologies.  Projects announced include:

    - A trial of automated vehicles, including their integration with roadside infrastructure, undertaken by ARRB, ConnectEast and LaTrobe University.
    - A trial of connected technologies that can give trams priority at signalised intersections, undertaken by YarraTrams, ARRB and LaTrobe University.
    - Development and trial of connected vehicle applications that interface with signalised intersections and managed motorway systems, undertaken by Intelematics 
    - A consortium of partners including HMI Technologies, La Trobe University, RACV (Royal Automobile Club of Victoria), ARRB (Australian Road Research Group) and Keolis Downer will conduct a trial of a driverless shuttle bus in the context of a university’s student mobility requirements.
    - A Transurban and VicRoads partnership project to assess readiness for highway automation on the Monash/Citylink/Tullamarine corridor.

  • Road Safety Action Plan includes $9 million action to trial connected and automated vehicle technologies. 
  • Bosch Highly Automated Driving Vehicle partnership with Transport Accident Commission (TAC) and VicRoads.
  • National Connected Multi-modal Transport (NCMT) test bed a consortium of stakeholders, led by University of Melbourne, is developing an urban test bed that involves connectivity across multiple transport modes.


South Australia

Western Australia

  • RAC Intellibus with the support of the WA State Government, RAC is trialling a fully driverless, fully electric shuttle bus in South Perth. 
  • Autonomous Heavy Vehicle Platooning Trial [2.8 MB PDF] Main Roads WA is partnering with industry to launch a trial of autonomous heavy vehicle platooning.
  • RAC WA in partnership with the Western Australian State Government, will trial several vehicles called Autonoms produced by French company NAVYA. The State Government and the RAC will be working together to explore potential locations for the initial trial, and potentially for a limited on-road public trial with a trained chaperone as part of future stages.  

Australian Capital Territory

  • Autonomous vehicle trial the ACT government is supporting a two year trial that will include testing driver monitoring system on 40 residents driving semi-automated vehicles for up to two weeks at a time. The trial will look at how drivers behave when operating the vehicles in both manual and partially automated driving modes.

Northern Territory

  • Driverless shuttle bus trial the NT government completed a six month trial of an EasyMile shuttle bus at the Darwin Waterfront in November 2017.

New Zealand

  • Driverless shuttle bus trial Christchurch International Airport and HMI Technologies, with support from the Ministry of Transport and NZ Transport Agency are trialling a Navya electric shuttle bus at Christchurch Airport.
  • Bluetooth in-car messaging trial the NZ Transport Agency, along with GO Rentals and HMI Technologies, is running a trial using Bluetooth technology to send real-time relevant, and localised, messages to visiting drivers. 


Updated: 11 December 2017


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