Kapsch Participates in Connected Vehicle Pilot in Australia

Kapsch TrafficCom secured a two-year contract for the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot, Australia’s largest trial of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) technologies, being delivered by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR). From late 2019 onwards, the pilot project makes use of Kapsch roadside units deployed along a distributed roadside ITS station network in and around the City of Ipswich, close to Brisbane.

Overall, there will be about 500 public and fleet vehicles retro fitted with C-ITS technologies, and 30 roadside C-ITS devices installed on roads and motorways. The Pilot will examine the safety benefits of a connected vehicle ecosystem, whilst laying the technical foundations for the future generation of smart transport infrastructure. TMR are working in collaboration with Kapsch’s research & development centre through this Pilot.

The Pilot includes the testing of eight safety use-cases, including vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) applications. These use cases include:

>        Emergency braking warning (V2V)

>        In-vehicle speed warning (V2I)

>        Turning warning for bicycle riders and pedestrians (V2V)

>        Road works warning (V2I)

>        Back-of-queue-warning (V2I)

>        Red light violator warning (V2I/V2V)

>        Red light warning (V2I).

>        Stopped or slow vehicle warnings (V2V)

“As a technology industry leader at the forefront of mobility applications, we are committed to supporting road safety campaigns worldwide with our innovative V2X solutions. From the vehicle to roadside or the cloud, our solutions span across all kinds of connected resources in road transportation like pedestrians, bicyclists or vehicles. Our strategic Connected Road initiative is essential in advancing our C-ITS footprint,” said Alexander Lewald, CTO of Kapsch TrafficCom.

“We have strong alignment with the goals and objectives of both the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot, and TMR’s Road Safety Policy, and we trust that by working together to develop and deploy these new technologies in Australia, we can work towards minimising both road and pedestrian injuries and deaths on Queensland’s roads”, adds Soren Tellegen, Executive Vice-President of Kapsch TrafficCom Australia.

Kapsch has a strong track record in communication standards through existing tolling technologies and extensive experience with C-ITS systems, and has been a driving force in ETSI and ISO standardization forums and interest groups throughout the world. The Australian Federal Government and industry have agreed to align with the European standards.

Queensland Minister for Transport and Main Roads Mark Bailey said working with world leading organisations would provide an opportunity for the Queensland Government to demonstrate to road users the safety-related features of cooperative, or connected, vehicle technologies.

“I am pleased a major milestone in the development and delivery of this project has been reached in confirming Kapsch as a partner in the Pilot. All organisations involved have a track record for delivering quality ITS projects and have experience in the emerging area of connected vehicles” said Minister Bailey.