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International expert to explain why driverless trucks on Australian roads are looming large

By October 1, 2019 No Comments

Driverless trucks criss-crossing the nation and roads that seamlessly talk with the vehicles that use them to warn about delays and dangers will be the focus of a drawcard presentation at next month’s 4th ADVI International Driverless Vehicle Summit in Sydney.

One of the session’s speakers is Mr Chengqi Ouyang, CEO Assistant from TuSimple, who will be representing the San Diego start-up now valued at more than $1.1bn. The company has already captured international interest following its commitment to bring the first self-driving truck to market to increase safety, decrease transportation costs, and reduce carbon emissions.

TuSimple has developed the industry’s first 1,000-meter perception system. At highway speeds, the technology provides 35 seconds of time to react, enabling the system to make the safest and most efficient driving decisions. The driverless technology is not only capable of long-distance highway driving, but also can achieve complex surface street driving – meaning fully autonomous depot to depot deliveries regardless of obstacles and weather conditions.

ADVI Executive Director, Mrs Rita Excell, said: “Australia’s driving conditions and our long-distance truck routes spanning between urban centres and capital cities make autonomous trucks a particularly promising technology, so learning more about the plans for commercial deployment of the technology by TuSimple is particularly important.”

This year’s International Driverless Vehicle Summit brings together leading national and international minds to showcase best-practice and spark debate on what needs to be done to transition to widespread commercialisation.

“Driverless vehicles and the road networks they will use do not operate in isolation. This technology is progressing around the world at a rapid rate, and as we transition to having a greater number of driverless vehicles on the road network operating at higher levels of automation it is critical that road infrastructure also keeps pace,” Ms Excell said.

“We are pleased to have such well-credentialed speakers to share their knowledge about how, as the road network continues to develop, embedded sensors will form part of the roadside infrastructure to wirelessly communicate with onboard sensors, radars and lidars of autonomous vehicles,” she said.

The Olympic Park forecourt and surrounding streets will also see a wide range of driverless vehicles technologies on display including shuttles from gold sponsor Navya and Monash University’s autonomous racing car.

More about the program and speakers can be found at https://idvs4.com.au/

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