The Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot (ICVP) in the state of Queensland is Australia’s largest connected intelligent vehicle trial.   In September 2020, nearly 500 vehicles in the town of Ipswich (population 200,000) were fitted with Cohda’ MK5H On-Board units allowing them to communicate with each other and with roadside infrastructure.  It is a model C-ITS deployment delivering on safety applications which encompass Vehicle-2-Vehicle and Vehicle-2-Infrastructure interoperability.  

The ICVP is being delivered by the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.  In Queensland between 1 January and 15 September 2020, there were 183 fatalities as a result of crashes, which is 30 greater than for the same period in 2019 and fifteen greater than the previous five-year average.   The motivation for the establishment of the ICVP is to explore the safety benefits of emerging vehicle technologies and to help reduce lives lost on Queensland roads

Not only is this Australia’s largest trial, but is also very comprehensive from a technical perspective, reflecting the most contemporary approach possible, including cellular, HMI, cyber security, Real Time Kinematic location enhancement with secure data management in the cloud.  

Other participants include the Motor Accident Insurance Commission, Telstra, QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland, iMOVE Australia, Ipswich City Council and the Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications.

The technology fitted to vehicles includes a small dash-mounted screen, an external antenna and Cohda’s On-board unit.  Cohda’s V2X technology is working in symphony with independent roadside infrastructure technology as well as the human-machine interfaces that have been fitted to vehicles to supply a variety of warnings to drivers.   Cohda’s technology allows participating connected vehicles to “talk” to roadside infrastructure and road operation systems. This provides drivers with safety-related warnings about their local driving environment, for example, a driver could be given early advice of upcoming roadworks, or that they are approaching the back of a motorway queue.