Lexus in safety drive
Lexus Australia has become the first vehicle marque to partner with the Queensland Government in a trial of advanced technologies designed to improve road safety and reduce congestion, emissions and fuel consumption.
Two Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUVs will be fitted with sensitive equipment that will enable them to communicate with each other and with roadside infrastructure such as traffic lights during a two-year trial.
The study into co-operative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) technologies will involve the two Lexus vehicles providing drivers with early warnings, including visual and audible alerts, covering a wide range of road and traffic conditions.
Warnings will include alerting drivers to road hazards or the existence of a crash ahead, as well as information that vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and/or cyclists are at a connected intersection.
Information will be shared between vehicles and infrastructure using dedicated short-range communications technology which
transmits safety information using radio waves.
Lexus Australia chief executive Scott Thompson said the cuttingedge C-ITS project would generate valuable data that would eventually benefit all Australians.
“Our local engineering team, working closely with the Queen- sland Government, will assess the effectiveness of intelligent transport systems while expanding our understanding of driver acceptance of these technologies,” he said.
Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said: “Having Lexus Australia select Queensland as a location for their first connected vehicle testing sends a strong message to the vehicle industry that Queensland values the potential safety benefits of these technologies, and is ready for their introduction.
“Lexus Australia will be utilising the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot test bed and the Mount Cotton Driver Training Centre for the tests which will occur over 2019 and 2020,” he said.
Advanced safety features already standard on the RX 450 F Sport include a forward collisionwarning system with audible and visual alerts, autonomous emer- gency braking and automated lane-keeping.
Additional vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies to be added to the two vehicles are:
Emergency electronic brake light: Alerts drivers to a co-operative vehicle that is braking hard some distance ahead.
Slow/stopped vehicle: Warns the driver when a vehicle ahead is stopped or travelling slower, and there is a risk of rear-end collision.
Advanced red-light warning: Alerts drivers they are likely to violate the red light unless they apply the brakes.
Turn warning — vulnerable road user: Alerts drivers that a pedestrian or cyclist has pushed a signal call button and is crossing during the permitted phase.
Road hazard warning: Alerts drivers to hazards, such as debris or water on the road, or a crash.
Back-of-queue warning: Alerts drivers to a downstream queue on motorways using the Managed Motorways automated back-ofqueue algorithm.
In-vehicle speed warning: Provides drivers with information about active, static or variable speed limits.
Roadworks warning: Notifies drivers approaching or driving through roadworks zones, providing speed information and alerting them if they are exceeding roadworks speed limits.
The study will involve two Lexus RX450h F Sport SUVs providing drivers with early visual and audible alerts.
State-of-the-art technology is at the heart of the safety trial.
The Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUVs will be fitted with advanced road safety equipment.