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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.

  • Road Safety Action Plan includes $10M 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.

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: 15 November 2017


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