Lexus Australia Chief Executive Scott Thompson said the luxury lifestyle brand is committed to investment in a wide ecosystem of new technologies to achieve higher vehicle safety standards.
"Imaginative technology and leveraging innovation are core to the Lexus DNA, and we are committed to delivering next-generation road safety outcomes," Mr Thompson said.
"Lexus would like to thank the Victorian and Queensland Government, and the University of Melbourne, for their partnership in developing important road safety research."
Lexus Australia's partnership with AIMES builds upon previous C-ITS trials in partnership with the Victorian and Queensland governments that concluded in 2020.
In Victoria, Lexus Australia participated in the Advanced Connected Vehicles for Victoria project. In Queensland, Lexus Australia worked with the Department of Transport and Main Roads (Queensland) Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI) that was centred in Ipswich, south-west of Brisbane.
Those trials enabled Lexus to develop applications such as warning drivers of red lights ahead, pedestrians about to cross the road at traffic lights, and alerting drivers to the presence of slow or stopped vehicles, road works or road hazards such as water or debris - elements that will continue to be tested in this trial.
Lexus has successfully demonstrated DSRC technology for vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communications in Japan since 2015.
Software for the new Melbourne trial has been developed locally by Lexus Australia engineers specifically to address the city's unique traffic environment and regulations.
The AIMES trial is centred in the AIMES testbed incorporating a six-square-kilometre area spanning Carlton, Fitzroy and Collingwood, bordered by Victoria Parade, Hoddle Street, Alexandra Parade and Lygon Street.
In addition to the connected vehicles, the AIMES trial area incorporates a network of smart sensors connecting public transport, pedestrians and cyclists, intersections, and streets into a fully integrated ecosystem.