The Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) made national headlines on Saturday 7 November 2015 as the first autonomous car trial in the Southern Hemisphere was held in Adelaide, led by road and transport research body ARRB.

What you probably didn’t know was that BIGmate played a pivotal role in the initiative, supplying the innovative GPS hardware and technology to track the vehicle for historical data and more significantly, to display live data to the delegation.

The ADVI demonstration centred on the Volvo XC90, which has a wide range of automated functions that include standard features like cruise control and self-parking, as well as the ability to follow the car in front.

BIGmate provided two tracking devices in the Volvo XC90 – one to track historical data at a remarkable one second logging rate, the other to report live data every five seconds. The data provided was feature-rich with precision accuracy to enable further analysis and has ensured a permanent record has been captured for this history-making event.

After being approached by ARRB to participate in the trial, BIGmate mobilised its team of GPS technology experts and international partners to deliver a system that performed superbly during the highly anticipated (and high pressure) live trial.

General Manager of Transport for BIGmate Rohan De Silva said, “We were absolutely thrilled to be asked to participate in this initiative. The BIGmate team is so passionate about innovation and we want to play our part in what the future of driving and road safety will look like. ”

“Our focus is on-going innovation with a creative mind set and we look forward to working with ARRB on many more projects like the ADVI.”

The success of the trial cements BIGmate’s reputation as an industry leader in innovation, design and delivery of data via GPS technology.