Phase one of the trial
This first phase of the trial will collect insights into how these vehicles with features such as lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control and traffic sign recognition, respond and interact with the road environment such as:
- road works;
- electronic speed signs; and
- line markings.
In accordance with National testing guidelines, professional drivers will have at least one hand on the wheel at all times and will monitor the vehicle’s operation when conducting trials in live traffic.
In addition to developing a better understanding of how to prepare road infrastructure and the regulation needed to integrate automated vehicle technology into our transport system, the program will also investigate how to prepare the community.
By investigating community attitudes surrounding the impacts of this technology, different ways of implementing automated driving can be investigated. One example could be whether designated lanes are required on motorways for automated vehicles.
Phase one of the trial will be complete later this year. The whole Victorian trial program will take two years and consists of three phases.