The groundbreaking MAX-SAFE Technology Trials in Victoria Aim to Enhance Truck Safety and Reduce Collisions.
In a significant development concerning Australian truck safety, crews operating heavy vehicles on Stage 1 of the Mickleham Road Upgrade in Victoria will pioneer the adoption of cutting-edge safety technology, aiming to ensure safer journeys for Victorians.
This groundbreaking initiative introduces MAX-SAFE technology, which has been successfully installed in several heavy vehicles involved in the road project. The technology includes an audible and flashing light alert system that aims to significantly reduce the risk of unforeseen collisions, making it a crucial step towards enhancing road safety. As a result, more Victorians can look forward to reaching their destinations with improved safety measures in place.
Without intervention, pedestrians, cyclists and scooter riders could be at a heightened risk of entering a heavy vehicle operator’s blind spot. Instead, this system aims to negate this risk and maintain a form of visibility, especially during left hand turns.
Powered by a highly advanced artificial intelligence based smart camera, this Side View technology as part of the MAX-SAFE system is specialised in detecting specific vulnerable road users and not other objects or obstructions.
Electronic flashing lights and alarms initiate inside and outside the vehicle, providing the operator the advanced warning they need to assist with avoiding an unexpected collision. It also acts to alert those outside of the vehicle.
Students dominate pedestrian traffic in the area during school terms, with close to 1000 students attending the nearby prep to year 12 Aitken College, with the Mary Queen of Heaven Primary School and other preschool facilities adding to this local vulnerable road user population.
The system trial is the result of collaboration between Major Road Projects Victoria, construction partner BMD and SGESCO-MAX to find new ways to reduce the likelihood of safety incidents with members of the public during construction.
Success of the new technology will be closely monitored and evaluated, with a view to rolling this and similar systems out more broadly across more of the state’s road projects.
“Today’s trials are tomorrow’s business as usual. We’re so impressed by the technology that we’re looking to equip more of our heavy vehicles with this system to address blind spots for our crews,” BMD senior project engineer Todd Stemmer says.
The safety trial is part of Stage 1 of the Mickleham Road Upgrade, which is building extra lanes in each direction on Mickleham Road between Somerton Road and Dellamore Boulevard, along with new traffic lights, intersection upgrades and better walking and cycling connections.
Mickleham Road between Somerton Road and Dellamore Boulevard is used by more than 25,000 vehicles each day and is a key arterial route for Melbourne’s growing north-west.
Stage 1 of the Mickleham Road Upgrade is expected to be complete in mid-2025.
Check out the video below to see MAX-SAFE technology in action.