Close encounters of an AV kind
After a fairly typical day at work I jump in the Probe and drive out of the car park an whilst
waiting to perform a right hand turn into Springvale Rd what do I see... yes a Silver AV Falcon (reg. REM 945) in full camouflage.
The lights changed and it drove off southbound on Springvale road with me still waiting to turn right, lights changed again and it gets stuck on the front row at Burwood Hwy with me in the median strip just about to pull into the traffic (it now one lane an 10-15 cars away from me)
Lights change again and I slowly catch up to the AV in question this time at High Street Road (still one lane but this time only 4-5 cars)
Waverly road still several cars away.....
Ferntree Gully road, I pull up beside the test car and make a point of inspecting the car and letting the driver see me doing it, and continue to do so driving down to Wellington road where the fun begins....
Wellington road lights, AV in front me Probeing it from behind.... with the AV on the front row again. Lights change AV lights the rear wheels up and takes off. I try to keep up with out going over the posted speed limit and eventually get along side and just cruse there until Dandenong road. This time we pull up at the lights and he deliberately sits several car length behind me in the right hand lane.
Lights change and onward to Springvale.... We both just take off as normal and he jets stuck in traffic and slows. We arrive at the Springvale level crossing just as the boom gates are opening and about 5 cars are in the middle and right lane and nothing in the left hand turning lane. As the lights change the AV with NO indication picks the left hand turning lane and straight over the railway line and ends up in the right hand lane and I am left to wade my way through the traffic.
Heatherton road I catch up to him stuck behind several cars at the traffic lights. After that I didn’t see the car again.
I only I had my in car video working......