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TitleThe safety potential of connected vehicles
AuthorsDoecke SD, Anderson RWG
TypeConference Paper
AbstractFor well over a decade technology has been under development to allow vehicles to send and receive information to and from one another, other road users and infrastructure. This technology is generally known as connected vehicle technology and is not yet available on any production vehicle, though on road trials are well under way. The early results of some of these trials have promoted the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to state that it has ‘game changing’ potential. When connected vehicle technology enters the market it will likely be doing so at a time when autonomous emergency braking (AEB) is becoming common on new vehicles. The purpose of the research detailed in this paper was to estimate the safety benefits of connected vehicle technology in Australian conditions over and above what could be provided by AEB. The applications and limitations of connected vehicle technology were assessed by reviewing literature and consulting with a local developer of the technology. Importantly, crash types that are poorly addressed by AEB, right angle and right turn crashes and certain pedestrian crashes, can be addressed by connected vehicle applications. The safety benefits were then calculated by applying a collision avoidance system model to simulations of real world crashes to determine the change in impact speed. It was found that the potential of connected vehicles to reduce crashes in Australia is considerable and the uptake of such technology should be encouraged in ways that are shown to be cost effective.
Conference NameAustralasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference
Conference AbbreviationRSR
Conference LocationMelbourne, Victoria
Conference Date12-14 November 2014

Doecke SD, Anderson RWG (2014). The safety potential of connected vehicles. Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, Melbourne, Victoria, 12-14 November 2014.

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