Level-crossing technology testing for Queensland

Queensland’s level-crossing safety effort will gain a commercial vehicle dimension with the testing of Victorian in-cab warning technology. The move is part of a $2 million Queensland Government effort to tackle the danger when transport modes cross paths.

According to La Trobe University’s Centre for Technology Infusion, the new technology will enable trains to ‘talk’ to road vehicles and is based on GPS and on ‘Dedicated Short-Range Communication’ technology that meets global vehicular communication standards.

“The system will extend driver ‘vision’ up to one kilometre in all directions, enabling road vehicles to receive warning of approaching trains,” the university said.

“The warnings comprise six-levels of in-vehicle audio-visual alerts that escalate in urgency and volume as trains approach.”

Centre Director Professor Jack Singh says the technology underwent a limited six-week trial in Melbourne last year, with eight trains involved.

By contrast, the Queensland Government’s trial will involve a larger number of trains, along with heavy and commercial vehicles, over six months. The trial comes as Queensland Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson announced last week that an extra $1 million will be funded towards level-crossing safety.

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