Monday, 09 April 2018 05:48

EastLink carries out second demo of hands-free driving

The hands-free driving trial in progress on EastLink. The hands-free driving trial in progress on EastLink. EastLink

Tollway operator EastLink has carried out a second demonstration of hands-free driving, this time with automated speed and steering controls.

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’.”

Hands-free driving is not allowed in Victoria at the moment and motorists should always drive with at least one hand on the steering wheel.

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.”


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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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