QLD Government signs agreement to support smart vehicles

The Queensland Government has signed an agreement to deliver an Australian first – a new security system to help cars “talk” to each other safely.

The agreement, between the state and federal governments, Integrity Security Solutions (ISS), and the iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), will mean talking cars will be able to exchange authentic and trustworthy information and data up to 10 times a second.

The system, called a Security Credential Management System (SCMS) will be used by the Department of Transport and Main Roads’ Ipswich based Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI) Cooperative Intelligent Transport System (C-ITS) pilot project.

“The SCMS provides the assurance that the data being rapidly exchanged between cars is trustworthy – this is integral to delivering a secure and safe system for the pilot and participants,” Mr Bailey said.

An SCMS enables vehicles and ITS infrastructure to communicate in a secure manner while also identifying untrustworthy sources for removal from the system.

“The SCMS is an additional control on top of traditional Information and communication technology security measures, that when applied ensures that the system produces reliable and accurate information on which safety decisions can be made.

“Working with partners from the Federal Government and other State transport jurisdictions enables Queensland to lead and influence national developments in this transformative transport technology space”.

Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities Paul Fletcher said the Australian Government was pleased to see the development of smarter, safer and more efficient technologies for Australia’s transport system.

“C-ITS has the potential to bring a range of safety and productivity benefits to road transport, and the Australian Government supports a nationally consistent approach to its deployment,” said Minister Fletcher.

“Ensuring the security of emerging connected and automated vehicles is critical to their uptake and adoption by the public.

“The Queensland trial will also provide a broader basis to assess the costs and benefits of C-ITS in the Australian urban environment.”

More information on the Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative can be found here: https://www.qld.gov.au/transport/projects/cavi/cavi-project