Queensland / Australia


Associated Member, Queensland/Australia contributes to C-Roads through the pilot testing of ETSI ITS G5 and cellular messages provision (a hybrid communication model).

The Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot, Australia's largest cooperative intelligent transport system (C-ITS) field operational test, was designed to ready government, industry, and road users for deployment of C-ITS. Queensland's Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) created a multi-vendor C-ITS environment in the City of Ipswich (west of Queensland's capital city Brisbane), comprised of 355 public participants' vehicles retrofitted with connected vehicle technology, 29 roadside stations and a central station covering 300km2 of the pilot area. Participants used the equipment for a period of 12 months.

The ICVP used vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication technology to provide drivers with safety warnings. The use-cases were derived from C-Roads Day 1 and Day 1.5 services for traffic lights, hazards, road works, and in-vehicle signage, specifically speed limits. The project also included the simulator testing of two vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) use cases – slow/ stopped vehicles and emergency electronic brake light. The slow/ stopped vehicles simulator study included 43 participants, and emergency electronic brake light study included 47 participants.

Overall, the findings from the data gathered through the pilot and the simulator study demonstrated that collectively the use cases tested have the potential to reduce crashed by up to 20 per cent when cooperative intelligent transport systems cover 100 per cent of the road network. The medium rating of the use cases by participants was between 7 and 9 out of 10. Summary reports are published on iMOVE Australia webpage: Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot: Final reports (imoveaustralia.com).

Additionally, Lexus Australia, with support from the Department of Transport and Main Roads, developed their own in-vehicle connected product using the Ipswich test bed. The Lexus Australia product provided stakeholders with an example of a more mature fitments such as, the in-vehicle equipment using turn-indicator data to improve accuracy of the safety warning at a signalised intersection. A total of 88 participants experienced the Lexus Australia in-vehicle systems driving through Ipswich.

Use cases:

  • Advanced Red Light Warning (ARLW): alerts drivers there is a risk of driving through a red light ahead
  • Turning warning Vulnerable Road Users (TWVR): alerts drivers to pedestrians or bicycle riders potentially crossing at the signalised intersection
  • Road Hazard Warning (RHW): alerts drivers that there is a risk they are travelling at an unsafe speed for a hazard up ahead, such as water on the road, road closures or a crash
  • Back-Of-Queue (BoQ): alerts drivers there is a risk they are travelling at an unsafe speed for upcoming traffic queues on motorways
  • In-Vehicle Speed (IVS): provides drivers with information about the current speed limit – static, variable, school zones and roadworks
  • Road Works Warning (RWW): alerts drivers there is a risk they are travelling at an unsafe speed for upcoming roadworks, giving them time to slow down or change lanes. It also alerts drivers if they exceed the speed limit within the roadworks
  • Slow/ Stopped Vehicle Warning (SSV): alerts the driver there is a risk of a rear-end collision with a slow/ stopped vehicle ahead
  • Emergency Electronic Brake Light Warning (EEBL): alerts the driver there is a risk of a rear-end collision with a vehicle braking hard ahead

Implementing Bodies

The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) worked in partnership with:

Funding partners:

  • Motor Accident Insurance Commission (MAIC) of Queensland
  • Telstra
  • Queensland University of Technology's (QUT) Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland (CARRS-Q)
  • iMOVE Australia
  • Ipswich City Council
  • Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications

Vendors and suppliers:

  • Cohda Wireless (in-vehicle ITS systems)
  • Kapsch TrafficCom (roadside ITS systems)
  • AWS, WSP, Transmax (central ITS system)
  • Integrity Security Services (security credential management system)


The pilot ran for a total of 12 months between September 2020 and September 2021, during which each participant experienced the connected vehicle technology for nine months.

Phase 1: Pre-deployment 2016 - 2018: Business case and implementation plan development, tender for pre-pilot station vendors, use case demonstrations; development of pilot specifications and tender documents.

Phase 2: Pilot Deployment 2018 - 2020: Tender for station vendors; development and testing of the pilot C-ITS August - December 2020: Installation of participants vehicles June - September 2021: De-installation of participant vehicles June 2022: Final reports (imoveaustralia.com)

Key Performance Indicators


Project Benefits




Upskill departmental staff

# of departmental staff involved

# of C-ITS technically capable staff





Develop industry and government partnerships and build awareness

# of partners



# of publications

# of presentations





>$10M partner cash contribution ($AU)



Increase public/ media awareness

# public participants on road

(participants using Lexus vehicles)





# of announcements

social media reach





Validate standards

# of European C-ITS standards deployed



Residual assets for use by government and industry

# of residual assets

Testing facility connected traffic light

Testing facility traffic light; 29 traffic lights in Ipswich

Confirm safety benefits

% crash reduction

20% (10 use cases)

8% (break-even)

20% (8 use cases)


Project Benefits





Upskill departmental staff

various survey questions

(noting - no post survey was completed)

before/after improvement

39% moderate+ knowledge

30% accurately defined C-ITS

55% identified business impacts

Develop industry

knowledge improved

before/after improvement

(n=7) 7 strongly agree

pilot effort is able to be reused

(n=4) 4 = agree

better placed to work with government

(n=7) 7 = agree

pilot will benefit commercial deployment

(n=7) 7 = agree

Increase public awareness and positive feedback

level of awareness of C-ITS


(no post survey completed)

pilot participants - warnings are useful



pilot participants - willingness to pay




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