Tuesday, 25 June 2019 04:44

Victoria provides $3.5m for connected vehicle trials to begin 'soon'

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Victoria provides $3.5m for connected vehicle trials to begin 'soon' Courtesy Telstra

The Victoria Government will provide $3.5 million for testing connected and automated vehicle technology on roads in the state, with the aim of making roads in the state safer.

A statement from Telstra, which is partnering with Lexus Australia in the trials, said optimised 4G networks would be used to connect vehicles to each other, traffic management centres and other services.

These would run in the cloud and would use Cellular-Vehicle-to-Everything or V2X technology.

Details of the tie-up were announced in December last year.

The program is being managed by VicRoads and testing began late last year.

No specific date has been given for the start of the road tests, with Victorian Roads Minister Jaala Pulford saying on Monday that the testing would get underway "soon".

The grant program is managed by VicRoads and funded by the TAC through the Towards Zero Action Plan, which aims to reduce the number of road deaths.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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