Transport engineering expert and AIMES Director, Professor Majid Sarvi celebrated Lexus Australia joining AIMES, declaring the partnership a demonstration of the benefits of research and industry collaboration, with government support.
“Today is an exciting day to announce our new partnership with Lexus Australia. To have their vehicles trialling in the real-world testing environment of AIMES is a step closer to an on-road solution for C-ITS deployment. Ultimately this research aims to improve traffic network connectivity and enhance safety for all road users,” Professor Sarvi said.
“With these connected Lexus vehicles, we hope to provide real-world evidence to put Australia at the forefront of global smart city technologies.”
Lexus Australia Chief Executive Scott Thompson said the car manufacturer is committed to investment in a wide ecosystem of new technologies to ameliorate vehicle safety standards.
“Imaginative technology and leveraging innovation are core to the Lexus DNA, and we are committed to delivering next-generation road safety outcomes,” Mr Thompson said.
Lexus Australia’s partnership with AIMES builds upon previous C-ITS trials with the Queensland Government.
Queensland’s Department of Transport and Main Roads Director-General Neil Scales said this latest project was paving the way for the arrival of new vehicle technologies.
“I thank everyone involved in this important initiative as we will continue to work together at a national level with industry and governments which is integral to informing a national plan for the implementation of connected vehicles in Australia,” Mr Scales said.