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Transurban Release NSW Partially Automated Vehicle Trials Findings

Transurban’s Sydney trial built on the findings of previous trials by highlighting where findings were consistent across Sydney and Melbourne, and by identifying new findings unique to the Sydney Orbital Network.

The collective findings will help vehicle manufacturers, road operators and governments prepare road infrastructure to support automated vehicles, as they become more common on our roads.

To see the trial’s findings and recommendations, download the trial report (PDF).

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Results of 2018 Annual Victorian Self-Driving Car Survey

More than 18,000 motorists participated in EastLink’s self-driving car survey this year, which is a massive 20% increase on last year. This is the largest survey of its type in the world.

This survey shows what Victorian motorists think about self-driving cars, driver assistance technologies, vehicle connectivity, electric power and road use charging – technologies which are expected to converge in cars of the future…

Compared to last year, fewer motorists want a fully self-driving car – the hype bubble has burst.

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COHDA WIRELESS TRIALS SELF-DRIVING CONNECTED CARS ON CITY STREETS

Cohda Wireless has successfully demonstrated its world-leading connected autonomous vehicle technology in a live trial on the streets of the city of Adelaide. The trial proved the potential for connected self-driven vehicles to make our streets much safer than they are and that Cohda’s technology is effective even in the most challenging of environments – the so-called ‘urban canyons’ of a typical city.

In an area covering two city blocks just east of Adelaide’s iconic Victoria Square, the demonstration replicated a scenario that is a daily occurrence on the streets of cities all over the world.

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Shortlisted Nominations announced for ITS Australia National Awards 2018

The intelligent transport industry in Australia continues to demonstrate its innovation and strengths through the nominations submitted to ITS Australia for the prestigious ITS Australia National Awards 2018.

Hosted by ITS Australia, the annual National ITS Awards recognise high-level individual and team achievement and are an opportunity to celebrate innovation and reward excellence.

In their 9th year, the Awards will be hosted by ITS Australia at Sofitel Brisbane on 22 November 2018, where the winners will be announced.

Neil Scales, Director-General, Department of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland who will be the Keynote Speaker for the event said “The ITS Australia National Awards are a valued part of the annual calendar for transport and technology alike.

“Integrated transport networks are an important responsibility to the community and I know there is so much work going on in Queensland alone. I am looking forward to hearing about the best projects and programs Australia has on offer that contributes to ensuring all Australians have appropriate transport choices and fair access to the transport system.”

The Judging Panel, comprising ITS leaders, took time to deliberate over the submissions received across all categories. Gino Dompietro, Chair of the Awards Committee said, “The industry has again impressed us not only by submitting a record number of nominations, but also with the extremely high quality of the nominations for this year’s awards, and after much consideration, we’re pleased to be able to announce the shortlisted finalists.”

Industry Award

  • EastLink – for the Freeway Tunnel Ventilation On-Demand System
  • GOFAR – for GOFAR telematics solution
  • Transurban – for LinktGO – Mobile Tolling Solution

Government Award

  • Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads – for iMaps – State-Wide Operations Map
  • Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads – for Successfully Integrating and Leveraging Off Multiple ITS Technologies to Perform Real-Time Performance Metrics and Analytics for the Commonwealth Games
  • Transport for NSW – for the On-Demand Transport Pilot Program

Automated Vehicle Award (sponsored by the Australian and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative – ADVI)

  • Centre for Technology Infusion, La Trobe University – for The Autonobus Pilot Project
  • National Transport Commission – for Changing Driving Laws to Support Automated Vehicles Project
  • Transport for NSW – for the Connected and Automated Vehicle Program

Research Award

  • Advanced Data Analytics in Transport, Data61 CSIRO – for an Artificial Intelligence Engine for Traffic Congestion Management
  • Infrastructure Victoria – for Automated and Zero Emissions Vehicles Infrastructure – Evidence Base

Young Professional Award

  • Jonathan Coulson, VITRONIC Australia
  • Michael Cybulski, Retina Visions
  • Andrew Hooley, Transport for NSW
  • Mikaela Stewart, CUBIC Transportation Systems

Read more about the shortlisted nominees here

The winners will be announced at the Awards Presentation Dinner at Sofitel Brisbane on Thursday 22 November 2018. Click here for Presentation Night Dinner information and table bookings

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Office of Future Transport Technologies Revealed

The Australian Government is establishing an Office of Future Transport Technologies to help prepare for the pending arrival of automated vehicles and other transport innovations.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the initiative was made possible through a $9.7 million investment by the Liberals and Nationals’ Government.

Mr McCormack said the new Office would enhance the Federal Government’s strategic leadership role, to coordinate more cohesively with other governments and agencies to implement future transport technologies in Australia more successfully and responsibly.

He said the development and uptake of automated vehicle technologies and associated applications would also be managed with a continued focus on improving transport and road safety outcomes.

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SAFER ROADS AND VEHICLES THROUGH INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

Monday 1 October 2018

SAFER ROADS AND VEHICLES THROUGH INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

The Australian Government is positioning the nation for safer roads through collaboration on high-tech vehicle and road systems, made possible by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the US State of Michigan.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack said the MOU was part of the Government’s agenda to position Australia for safer roads through automated and connected vehicles.

“Over 90 per cent of crashes are estimated to result at least in part from human choices, so the potential benefits from sharing of expertise and experience between our two jurisdictions are enormous,” Mr McCormack said.

“This is just one way the Government is promoting safer vehicles on safer roads, including for our regions where road crashes remain unacceptably high.”

Governor of Michigan Rick Snyder said the MOU built on Michigan’s efforts to accelerate the worldwide implementation of connected and automated vehicle technologies.

“This agreement establishes a great partnership through which we will share research and knowledge between Michigan and Australia in the development and deployment of intelligent vehicle transportation to ensure technology and safety go hand-in-hand with progress,” Governor Snyder said.

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Day Five – In Conversation With….

The 25th ITS World Congress has concluded in great ceremony with the orb being passed to Singapore for 2019.

During the last day of the Congress, Brian Negus was able to chat with a number of high profile ITS leaders, including Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO, ERTICO (ITS Europe).  Having attended ITS World Congresses over the past 18 years, either as leader of ERTICO or as a leader at FIA, the events are continuing to be special.  Topics may have changed over 25 years, but the focus is as ever to utilise ITS technology to make the transport world a better place – safer, cleaner and more efficient.

Conversations also took place with Richard Harris, OHMIO UK noted the agenda of the Congress was driven by what people are interested in.  MaaS really hit the headlines in Melbourne ITS World Congress, and it has continued to be a strong theme.

Daniel Ruiz, Meridian Mobility, UK – Smart communities as a term is being used more regularly in Europe, in part because it is recognised that the parts in between the European cities are just as important at the cities themselves. Safety is of utmost importance from when collaborating on ITS technologies and advances.

Graham Scott, ITS UK announcing that following the submission of a white paper earlier this year, a fund of GBP2m has been set aside by the Scottish Government to test MaaS concepts starting in early 2019.

Also worth noting that if anyone fancies a trip to bonnie Scotland, a CAV conference is being held at the end of October!

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Day Two – In Conversation With….

Bringing you news direct from Copenhagen, Brian Negus is our ‘voice at the Congress’.

His second interview is with Michael Helleman, Austrade, talking about the opportunity ITS Australia and the ITS World Congress provides to the start-ups he is traveling with.

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Day 2 – News from around the globe

Day 2 at the ITS World Congress, Copenhagen has been busy with announcements:

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Day One – In Conversation With….

In Conversation With…
To bring you news direct from the Congress, and to reflect Brian Negus’ new role as ITS Australia Ambassador, we’ve asked him to be our ‘voice’ at the Congress.

Over the course of the next 5 days, he’ll be speaking with luminaries and newbies of the ITS world and reporting back to our members in Australia.

The first interview is with Paul Retter, National Transport Commission and you can listen to it here

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