The ACT Government is spending $1.3 million with, much awarded Canberra business, Seeing Machines, on a trial, called CAN Drive, to test how quickly a driver can be ready to resume control of an automated vehicle.
The trial will take place at Canberra’s Sutton Driver Training track, and you may be able to participate in it – *see the end of this article for details.
Seeing Machines, employs around 200 Canberrans, and is is a world leader in decoding the interaction between people and machines, which is a critical piece of the puzzle as automated vehicles are further developed.
“This trial is unique in focusing on the people inside the car, not the cars and their outward facing sensors,” Rachel Stephen-Smith, ACT Minister for Workplace Safety and Industrial Relations, said yesterday.
Seeing Machines Chairman Ken Kroeger said The data we collect in trials such as CAN Drive is critical to advancing safety of communities all around the world.
“The continued support of the ACT Government helps Seeing Machines sustain its leadership position as we develop our core technology to meet the needs of our partners, customers and stakeholders,” Mr Kroeger said.
Minister Stephen-Smith said there was huge potential for the community to benefit from automated vehicles, by improving road safety, reducing traffic congestion and opening up personal transport to people who aren’t currently able to drive.
“Despite the promise of this technology, we’re still a long way off completely automated vehicles, but Canberra is getting on the front foot: testing it, taking a different view of what safety looks like, and learning and applying our experiences with it,” Minister Stephen-Smith said.
*If you have a valid driver’s licence and a good driving record, email firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in participating in Canberra’s ‘CAN Drive’ trial.