Day 1 Schedule – Wednesday 22nd May 2019

Sandown Racecourse, 591-659 Princes Highway, Springvale VIC 3171

The safety field day is opened to paid delegates and special guests of AfMA. The day will incorporate active safety demonstrations and provide an opportunity to drive and experience a range of electric vehicles (passenger and commercial).

The field day activities are designed to demonstrate the effects of weight on vehicles. Participants will be able to feel the difference between an unladen, fully laden and fully laden with a GVM upgrade equipment. These sessions will include light commercial, van and station wagon vehicles.

Cohort groups will rotate through the active safety demonstrations in the morning or afternoon and experience electric vehicles in the other half of the day if they choose. Spaces are limited and delegates will be contacted in the weeks prior to the conference in order to book their participation in the active safety demonstrations and or the electric vehicles.

Last Updated 26/03/2019
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Active Safety Demonstration – Impact of Weight

Emergency Braking

This exercise will highlight the differences in braking distance and system efficiency from unladen to laden. Included will be a direct comparison to aftermarket components so the attendee can experience for themselves the real-world improvements that can be made in stopping power that is vital during those all-important emergency situations.

Dynamic Lane Change 

Originally called the “Moose” test. This procedure consists of driving vehicle through a set track which simulates an on-road lane change manoeuvre. The vehicle is driven at a set speed from the initial lane to another parallel lane and back again.

The test is used during the certification processes for motor vehicles and provides an excellent basis for assessment of a vehicle’s performance in emergency situation. All participants will have the ability to experience this test for themselves in both laden, un-laden and modified laden vehicles.

To show the effect of weight on a vehicle’s overall stopping distance.

Slalom / Stability

 The slalom test involves attempting to maintain a constant speed whilst control a vehicle around a series of traffic cones in a controlled environment. This test provides the participant a graphic and physical account of the impact of weight on a vehicle and its handling dynamics. A vehicle laden to capacity is a much bigger beast to handle! This will provide attendees with a real world look into the day to day lives of those within our organisations on the road every day in laden, or partially laden vehicle.

Cornering Force

Today’s professional driver relies on the mobile office to safely handle the unexpected!

This scenario will test both man and machine with a series of real world, back to back collision avoidance examples highlighting how a tailored set up that is fit for purpose can help keep your fleet safe and your costs down.

*Content and speaker are subject to change.

Advanced Driver Assist Systems

Automotive safety technology is pretty easy to wrap your head around, but advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) are a little harder to pin down.

The issue is that advanced driver assistance systems are systems and features that provide a driver with essential information, automate difficult or repetitive tasks, with the goal of engendering an overall increase in car safety for everyone on the road. Since these systems are so varied, it isn’t always easy to see how some of them actually relate to safety.

Many advanced driver assistance systems are right on the bleeding edge of emerging automotive technologies, and the jury is actually still out on some of them.

ADAS systems that are currently being delivered to the market in Australia include:
• blind spot monitoring
• adaptive cruise control
• following distance warning
• lane keep assist
• lane departure warning
• self-parking
• adaptive headlights
• fatigue warning, and
• traffic-jam assist


ABS Split Surface Demonstration/Participation
The purpose of the Split Surface Braking demonstration is to showcase the ability of ABS to provide stability of the vehicle during heavy braking.

The split surface provides the most dramatic demonstration of stability as the vehicle is subjected to ABS operation on our split surface which simulates ice.

AEB – Autonomous Emergency Braking System Demonstration/Participation
Autonomous emergency braking systems are designed to detect an imminent crash and prevent a crash or at the least mitigate the damage in an event of a crash.

The system first alerts the driver about the imminent collision and if the driver does not take any action to prevent it, the system automatically applies brakes.

Many people already know this, however our demonstration allows participants to experience how the system works – in a safe (and fun) experience.

*Content and speaker are subject to change.

Electric Vehicle & Hybrid Test Drives

Australia is on the cusp of having 5 electric vehicles available for on or around $50,000 and perhaps more excitingly they represent a broad range of fit-for-purposes.

This is a unique opportunity to view and test drive a suite of electric and plug-in hybrid passenger vehicles from a range of manufacturers including BMW, Hyundai, Jaguar, KIA, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Renault, Tesla and Toyota.

*Content and speaker are subject to change.

Commercial Electric Vehicle Test Drives

Commercial electric vehicles are perhaps the wholly grail of emissions reductions as the majority of emissions for local councils come from their commercial vehicles. With many organisations chasing zero or net zero emissions by 2025 and acknowledging that commercial vehicles have a longer life span the time to act is now.

In this session you get an opportunity to drive and experience a range of commercial EV’s from a small commuter bus, Pantech and garbage truck. It may even be possible to experience a tipper.

*Content and speaker are subject to change.

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