The Australian and NSW Governments are working together on a Smart Rest Area Trial to allow heavy vehicle drivers to receive instant information about nearby rest areas.

The Smart Rest Area system developed by Spatial Vision for Roads and Maritime Services and Transport for New South Wales, compromises an in-vehicle Android app running on a Nexus 7 tablet, teamed with a cloud-hosted management system. This trial was started in late May of 2014.

The real time parking information is provided by another vendor who has wired up a number of trial rest areas on the Newell Highway and publishes this data in real time via web services. The trial will run for certain period of time, with UNSW Transport and Road Safety Research personnel interviewing and even accompanying some drivers on their journey to determine the effectiveness of the system.