Queensland Government Level Crossing Safety

Project overview

With around 9,500 level crossings on Australian roads, and approximately two thirds of all level crossings in Australia having no flashing lights or boom barriers, technology that can alert drivers to approaching trains is of considerable benefit and will save lives at level crossings.

CTI’s wireless technology, aimed at reducing or even eliminating accidents at railway level crossings, will be trialled by the Queensland Government in 2013 as part of a $2 million commitment to address safety at rail crossings.

The system, based on GPS and on 'Dedicated Short Range Communications' technologies, enables trains to communicate safety related information with road vehicles. It extends the driver 'vision' up to one kilometre in all directions, enabling road vehicles to receive warning of approaching trains. The warnings comprise six levels of in car audio visual alerts that escalate in urgency and volume as trains approach.

Demonstrations

New technology set to save lives

Intelligent Transport System demonstration - Vehicle approaching level crossing

Intelligent Transport System demonstration - Vehicle rerouting for congestion avoidance

Intelligent Transport System demonstration - Intersection Collision Avoidance

Intelligent Transport System demonstration - Vehicle approaching regional level crossing

Intelligent Transport System demonstration -Vehicle approaching perpendicular and parallel to level crossing

In the news

  • University develops rail crossing safety technology, ITS International, 14 June 2013
  • On track for safer roads and crossings, Synergy, La Trobe University, 23 April 2013
  • Researchers create technology that may eliminate accidents at railway level
    crossings, Uninews, 15 April 2013
  • Level-crossing technology testing for Queensland, Prime Mover Magazine, 11 April 2013
  • Level Crossing Technology now interstate, La Trobe University Bulletin, 10 April 2013
  • Qld Government trials level crossing safety technology, ABC News, 1 April 2013
  • Talking cars to hit the road in 2015, Financial Review, 4 January 2013
  • Qld Trials new measures at rail crossings, Herald Sun, 17 September 2012
  • Queensland to trial car radio warnings for vehicles near train tracks after Banyo truck and train crash, Herald Sun, 17 September 2012
  • Qld trials new measures at rail crossings, NineMSN, 17 September 2012