We’re proud to partner with Lexus in developing life-saving communication technologies for connected vehicles, and we’re even prouder to be able to show those innovative vehicles to you at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix this weekend.

As part of the Victorian Government’s Towards Zero road safety strategy, we’re working with Lexus to test and trial new and potentially life-saving Cellular V2X technology and advanced driver assistance features on Australian roads. Lexus will have these technologies and more on show at the Formula 1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix from 14 to 17 March, demonstrating how they work and why we need them.

Using our 4G mobile network and Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technology on two Lexus hybrid cars, our partnership has tested and developed driver assistance features like emergency braking detection communication between cars, and beyond-visual-range stopped vehicle warnings – both of which can contribute to making our roads a safer place for everyone.

Cellular V2X uses a combination of our 4G mobile network and short-range radios for direct communication between nearby vehicles and the environment around them – not just other cars and trucks, but also infrastructure like traffic lights, or even the smartphones of nearby pedestrians. There’s also a pathway for 5G technology to be used in V2X development in the future, for more detailed communication and faster response times.

This trial is being undertaken as a part of Victoria’s Towards Zero strategy to help inform the future development and adoption of road safety technologies, and we think that this innovative project using world-leading technology will contribute to making our roads safer and less congested. We are all excited to see how this technology matures, and to take part in its development along the way.

It will be some time before autonomous vehicles are commonplace on Australian roads, but our work with Lexus will make driving a safer experience well before then.