Lexus in safety drive

Albany Advertiser - - MOTORING - Ewan Kennedy

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.

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