The Victorian government is conducting an Australian-first trial to automate road speeds along the Monash Freeway.
Minister for Roads, Luke Donnellan, said the technology would respond to traffic volume, as well as weather conditions and time of day.
“Providing safer speeds that are right for the road will mean people can get to where they need to be as safely and efficiently as possible – without impacting on the productivity of our freight industry,” Donnellan said.
“Around 80 per cent of all crashes on the Monash are either rear end crashes or side swipe crashes – so we’re looking at innovative ways to make Victorian roads safer.”
The approach will utilise existing technology including CCTV, road sensors and overhead electronic signs.
The trial will begin early July, running between High Street in Ashburton and Glenferrie Road in Toorak.
Victorian Transport Association CEO, Peter Anderson, said if successful, will be rolled out onto other managed motorways across Melbourne.
“The Victorian Transport Association has a long history of working with governments and statutory authorities on initiatives that produce safety benefits for motorists and productivity gains for freight operators,” Anderson said.
“We support the Monash Speed Trial because we believe speed reductions here have the potential to create productivity and safety improvements for operators, which is good for business.”
The trial will run for 18 months.
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