The vehicle used was the Honda CR-V VTi-LX, the same one that was used for trials in December last year when the lane keep assist function was demonstrated.
This trial followed the release of the results of the third annual survey on self-driving vehicles which was released in October 2017.
EastLink corporate affairs and marketing manager Doug Spencer-Roy explained: “This demonstration of automated speed plus steering control resulted from the Annual Victorian Self-Driving Vehicle Survey conducted by EastLink – the largest such survey ever undertaken – in which more than half of the 15,000 respondents rated their awareness of self-driving cars as ‘very little’ or ‘none’.”
A statement from Eastlink said the demonstration could include hands-free driving using adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist as it was conducted on a section of EastLink when closed to traffic for scheduled maintenance activities, and under controlled conditions.
Spencer-Roy said: “Through this demonstration of automated speed plus steering control, as well as the earlier demonstration of automated steering control through the EastLink tunnels, EastLink is helping motorists gain a better understanding of the latest driver assistance functions, and how they will evolve to make self-driving cars possible in the future.
“In a number of realistic freeway scenarios, the latest demonstration showed a vehicle steering itself along EastLink while automatically adjusting its speed to ensure a safe distance was always maintained to other vehicles involved in the tests.
“In one scenario representing a traffic jam caused by an accident, the vehicle was able to bring itself safely and automatically to a complete stop behind other vehicles stopped on the freeway.”