Technology to make this Victorian intersection safer
THE Andrews Labor Government is making Victorian roads safer with a trial of Australia-first technology at one of Melbourne's high-crash intersections.
Minister for Roads, Roads Safety and the TAC Jaala Pulford announced new connected and automated vehicle technology will be fitted at the intersection of Williamstown Road and Somerville Road in Yarraville.
"A third of road fatalities in Victoria happen at intersections - this trial will give us important insights on how to boost safety at intersections and keep more Victorians safe," she said.
"Victoria has always led the way in connected and automated vehicle technology, this is another way we're making our infrastructure and policies support the uptake of this life-saving technology."
The trial will provide insights that can help boost safety at busy, complex intersection with specialist light detection and ranging (LIDAR) sensors to monitor the intersection and analyse all crashes and near misses.
The cutting-edge technology will also provide real-time warnings of potential hazards to vehicles fitted with connected technology.
This is the first time LIDAR technology has been used in this way in Australia and will allow Road Safety Victoria to closely analyse crashes and near misses, and how they may have been caused, to make roads safer.