Latest vehicle safety features including auto-emergency braking and lane-keep assist will be put to the test at a new world-class facility in Victoria, Australia.

A $2.8-million upgrade has been carried out on the 1,000-hectare Australian Automotive Research Centre (AARC) near Anglesea.

World-class equipment including steering and braking robots, automated target vehicles, and pedestrian and cyclist dummies will be used. The safety features will be assessed against Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) rating protocols.

“This technology will play a key part in keeping us safe on our roads – which is why we’re committed to investing in projects like this,” said Minister for Roads and Road Safety, Ben Carroll.

“The more we’re able to test new safety features on the track, the more reliable they will be on our roads.”

The Victorian Government has invested $1.5 million to transform a section of the track into the Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) testing facility with the Linfox-owned AARC investing the remaining $1.3 million for the improvements.