Green light for road safety trial

Australia-first road safety technology will be trialled at one of Melbourne's high-crash intersections.

The new connected and automated vehicle technology will be fitted at the intersection of Williamstown Road and Somerville Road in Yarraville.

One third of deaths and 44 per cent of serious injuries on Victoria’s roads occur at intersections.

This trial will provide insights that can help boost safety at busy, complex road environments.

Specialist light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensors will monitor the intersection and analyse all crashes and near-misses.

The cutting-edge technology will also provide real-time warnings of potential hazards to vehicles fitted with connected technology.

This is the first time LIDAR technology has been used in this way in Australia and will allow Road Safety Victoria to closely analyse crashes and near misses, and how they may have been caused, to make roads safer.

The trial is being undertaken by Omni-Aware – a consortium of specialist technology companies including Intelligent Transport Services, Transoptim Consulting and IBIS Computer.

The project is funded through the Victorian Government’s $9 million Connected and Automated Vehicle Trial Grants Program.