The Queensland government has unveiled what it claims to be the most advanced automated vehicle in Australia. The vehicle is a purpose-built $1.5 million Renault ZOE2 packed with high-tech sensors, LIDAR, cameras, computers and software, having level four autonomy.
The car has been built by French research consortium VEDECOM in collaboration with TMR, the Queensland University of Technology’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety, the iMove Cooperative Research Centre, and the Motor Accident Insurance Commission.
The government showcased the automated vehicle at Shailer Park in Brisbane’s south. The vehicle traveled for six kilometers, navigated roundabouts, cross streets and driveways. The Government plans to use ZOE2 to explore the safety of automated vehicles and allow road users to experience the technology across a number of future events and demonstrations. It will also assist the Department of Transport and Main Roads to ensure road infrastructure, legislation, regulation and licencing arrangements are ready for these vehicles.
ZOE2 has undergone local tests in the lead-up to the demonstration, including extensive off-road testing and analysis at the Mount Cotton Driver Training Centre. The vehicle has been granted a permit to allow it to be tested on pre-defined roads, and under the supervision of qualified engineers.
Queensland plans to lead the way on automated vehicle technology and for it wants its roads and industry to be AV-ready. It will play a crucial role in the Government’s Cooperative and Highly Automated Driving program, which will travel around the state over coming years testing the state’s AV-readiness.
The Queensland public will get its first taste of the see ZOE2 soon at an event, in the Gardens Point campus.
Source: Press Release