Canberra drivers invited to take part in automated vehicle trial

Released 23/04/2018

A world-leading trial is getting underway at Canberra’s Sutton Driver Training track, testing how quickly a driver can be ready to resume control of an automated vehicle.

This trial is unique in focusing on the people inside the car, not the cars and their outward facing sensors.

The ACT Government has formed an industry partnership with local company Seeing Machines to conduct this trial. Seeing Machines is a world leader in decoding the interaction between people and machines, which is a critical piece of the puzzle as automated vehicles are further developed.

There is huge potential for the community to benefit from automated vehicles, by improving road safety, reducing traffic congestion and opening up personal transport to people who aren’t currently able to drive.

Despite the promise of this technology, we’re still a long way off completely automated vehicles, but Canberra is getting on the front foot: testing it, taking a different view of what safety looks like, and learning and applying our experiences with it.

Seeing Machines is a global company based in Canberra, leading the world in driver monitoring technologies. They employ around 200 Canberrans, have won numerous ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards, and are an excellent example of an innovative company taking full advantage of the opportunities on offer in our city.

Seeing Machines Chairman Ken Kroeger said:

“The data we collect in trials such as CAN Drive is critical to advancing safety of communities all around the world. Automated technologies are emerging across many transport sectors and it is Seeing Machines’ goal, through our driver monitoring platform, to help advance these developments with safety as the highest priority. The continued support of the ACT Government helps Seeing Machines sustain its leadership position as we develop our core technology to meet the needs of our partners, customers and stakeholders. ”

If you have a valid driver’s licence and a good driving record, email to express your interest in participating in Canberra’s ‘CAN Drive’ trial.

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