Lexus Australia is participating in an Ipswich-based program that aims to greatly reduce the prevalence and severity of road traffic accidents.
The Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot, which is run by the Queensland government, uses sensors installed at 29 intersections to communicate with participating vehicles.
These sensors provide drivers with important information such as changes to speed limits, sudden shifts in traffic patterns, and potential road hazards ahead.
Two Lexus RX 450h F Sport SUVs have been fitted with dedicated short-range communication equipment (DSRC), which enables them to communicate with each other alongside the intersection sensors.
The technology will also be fitted to 500 cars owned by the general public.
"It's great to see major car manufacturers get involved in the testing of connected vehicle technology in Australia, especially in the Ipswich pilot as the preferred testing site," said Queensland’s Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey.
"The support of manufacturers like Lexus will enable experts to gather data on additional safety scenarios involving vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity, such as emergency electronic braking warnings and slow, or stopped vehicle warnings."
The specialised vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies added to the Lexus cars include an advanced red-light warning system, a road hazard warning, in-vehicle speed limit monitoring, and a road works warning system.
The vehicle-to-vehicle technologies include an emergency electronic brake light system, which alerts the drivers when a cooperative vehicle ahead is slowing down.
Watch how the program's traffic hazard warning system works below.
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