Victoria rolls out variable speed technology

The new system on M80 aims to tackle congestion as vehicles move from four lanes to two


Victorian roads and road safety minister Luke Donnellan has welcomed the implementation of a new variable speed technology along a section of the M80 corridor.

The Adaptive Variable Speed Limit system is designed to adjust vehicle speed and regulate traffic flow based on live traffic conditions.

The technology, which was first trialled in 2014, has now been deployed on M80 Ring Road between Furlong Road to Sunshine Avenue.

It aims to manage traffic pinch point and maintain continuous movement as vehicles move from four lanes to two.

The project is part of the government's $300 million M80 Ring Road upgrade from Sunshine Avenue to Calder Freeway.

Data from the new system will be reviewed with a view to rolling out the technology across the state’s freeway network.

"We are applying the world’s best traffic management practices to roads right here in Melbourne," Donnellan says.

"By being smarter about the way we manage traffic, we can get Victorians home sooner so they can spend more time with their family and friends."

The technology has been designed by the Technical University of Crete using VicRoads data.

The Adaptive Variable Speed Limit system is similar to a new variable speed technology, currently being trialled along the Monash Freeway, that also allows speed limit changes based on road conditions.



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