The CITI project - an update on Australia's first deployment of cooperative intelligent transport systems targeting heavy vehicle safety
Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (CITS) is the term generally used to describe a form of Intelligent Transport Systems in which information is shared amongst vehicles or between vehicles and roadside infrastructure such as traffic signals. This has the potential to greatly improve road safety, improve network efficiency and reduce greenhouse gases.
The Cooperative Intelligent Transport Initiative (CITI) pilot will be the first semipermanent CITS field test bed site in Australia. The Objective of the CITI project is to construct a 42 km connected freight corridor test facility in the Illawarra Region of NSW south of Sydney. This will be one of the first large scale test facilities dedicated to Heavy Vehicles in the world.
The first stage of the project will fit in-vehicle dedicated short range communication (DSRC) transceivers in up to 60 trucks that regularly travel the planned route. In addition, three signalised intersections are being equipped with DSRC roadside units which will communicate with the trial vehicles. A 40 km/h truck and bus speed zone warning system is also planned for installation at the top of Mt Ousley to alert drivers about to descend the very steep (up to 12 percent downhill gradient) south bound section of the road.
This paper will provide an update on the progress of the CITI project and examine issues including project planning, equipment licensing, human machine interface development, data management and participant recruitment.