If you see a strange hi-tech van driving the streets of Noosa over the next couple of weeks, it’s not a Google car or Ghostbusters van, but a state-of-the-art vehicle that Noosa Council is using to record the condition of sealed roads. 

Bryan O’Connor, Council’s Asset Planning Coordinator, said council was using the Automatic Road Analyser (ARAN) vehicle to collect valuable data on the condition of local roads.

“The vehicle uses military-designed systems and specialist equipment including a high precision GPS with digital video and a laser measurement system to log road condition data,” Mr O’Connor said.

“It can capture information about the pavement surface and how the road is performing underneath the surface.”

The vehicle will travel along Noosa Shire’s sealed roads for the next two weeks.

Once the data has been collected, it will be used to develop future works programs for Noosa’s road network.