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Connected & Automated Vehicles

Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV).

Vehicles, and the technologies included in them, continue to evolve. More and more technologically-advanced vehicles are entering the market each day.

Today’s vehicles now go beyond the function of simply getting you from Point A to Point B. Through the automated technologies equipped within them, modern vehicles can assist with some of the key driving tasks such as braking and steering, and intervene in emergency situations to help avoid or minimise the effects of a crash.

As technology continues to develop, vehicles will also have the ability to ‘talk’ to each other and the surrounding infrastructure, helping to reduce congestion and eliminate crashes.

Levels of Automation.

Connected and automated vehicle technologies are categorised by their level of self-drive capability. This ranges from initial ‘Level 1’ automated systems such as adaptive cruise control (ACC) and autonomous emergency braking (AEB) which control vehicle speed and braking, through to fully-automated ‘Level 5’ systems. Vehicles currently available across the Australian and New Zealand markets have Level 1 and in some cases Level 2 systems.

It is important to note that the automated technologies fitted to today’s vehicles are not designed to replace the driver. Rather, they are being fitted – through ANCAP’s encouragement – to assist the driver with the driving task and reduce the chance and/or severity of a crash.

ANCAP Assessments and CAV.

In recent years ANCAP has broadened its vehicle assessments to include effectiveness testing of automated vehicle safety technologies such as:

  • autonomous emergency braking (AEB)

  • lane support systems (LSS)

  • intelligent speed assistance systems (SAS)

  • driver monitoring

  • automatic emergency steering (AES)

This will expand further in coming years to include connected vehicle technologies:

  • Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communication

  • Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2X) communication

Trust in the safe operation of connected and automated vehicle systems is critical as this will have a significant impact on consumer confidence and uptake.

As Australasia’s independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP is working to build confidence among the following groups to encourage market penetration and increased safety benefits for all road users:

As Australasia's independent vehicle safety authority, ANCAP is working to build confidence among the following groups to encourage market penetration and increased safety benefits for all road users:

  • Consumers – through research, testing and promotion of new CAV technologies

  • Vehicle brands – to encourage the technologies to be fitted as standard across all new vehicle makes and models

  • Regulators – to demonstrate early safety benefits and the need for supporting infrastructure

When buying a new vehicle, consider models fitted with automated vehicle safety technologies, designed to assist with the task of driving and to reduce the chance and/or severity of a crash.

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