The trial involves two Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUVs which, due to their size and capabilities, form an ideal platform to test cooperative intelligent transport systems using cellular vehicle-to-everything technology. Specialised equipment fitted to the vehicles adds to their capabilities by enabling them to relay critical safety information between each other and networks at super-high speed in situations where every millisecond counts.
The cars - like every new Lexus on sale in Australia - are equipped as standard with Lexus active safety systems that can help avoid collisions or mitigate the effects of an accident in a wide range of situations. Following on-track development and testing at the Lexus test track in the Melbourne suburb of Altona, testing will now occur on Victorian roads. The ground-breaking study brings together the Lexus connected vehicle services department along with VicRoads, the Transport Accident Commission and Telstra.
Lexus Australia chief executive Scott Thompson said the company was proud to be the leading automotive brand for connected-vehicle research in Australia. "This vital project is all about saving as many lives as we can as soon as we can and making the experience of driving more fun as we make it safer," Mr Thompson said. "It is part of our company's global commitment and dedication to safety first and our pursuit of a global vision to lower traffic fatalities to zero and to reduce congestion, emissions and fuel consumption," he said. "The essence of this connected-vehicle trial is about amplifying our ability as drivers, combining and coordinating the skills and strengths of the human and the machine - a seamless blend that extracts the best from both."