Melbourne, Tuesday, 2 October 2018, ITS Australia participated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Australian Government and the US State of Michigan, signed by The Hon. Andrew Broad, Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister, and Kirk Steudle, Director, Michigan Department of Transport.
The Australian Government is positioning the nation for safer roads through collaboration on high-tech vehicle and road systems, made possible by signing the MOU.
The signing took place at the University of Melbourne which has played a central role in advancing the transport technology agreement between the governments of Australia and Michigan, primarily through AIMES (Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem), of which ITS Australia is an active supporter.
Activities in Michigan and Australia are leading the development of intelligent transport technology and the MOU supports links between AIMES, home to a live test bed on Melbourne city streets, and Michigan’s Mcity and American Center for Mobility off-road facilities that will be highly beneficial in progressing advancement in this field.
ITS Australia and Austroads, along with the University of Melbourne, are included in the MOU as key to supporting the bilateral cooperation on connected, automated and autonomous vehicle technologies occurring across the Australian, and Michigan ITS communities.
At the signing of the MOU, ITS Australia President Dean Zabrieszach said that he was grateful for the opportunity this MOU presents to the Australian ITS industry, “In particular the chance to for us to create and shape global best practice for the future of intelligent transport, connected and automated vehicles.”
Mcity is a 32-acre mock city and proving ground built for the testing of wirelessly connected and driver-less cars located on the University of Michigan North Campus in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (https://mcity.umich.edu/)
The American Center for Mobility is a non-profit testing and product development facility for future mobility, designed to enable safe validation of connected and automated vehicle technology, and accelerate the development of voluntary standards. (http://www.acmwillowrun.org/)
AIMES (Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem) is a world-first living laboratory based in the streets of Melbourne. AIMES is being established to test highly integrated transport technology and its ability to deliver safer, cleaner and more sustainable urban transport outcomes. (https://industry.eng.unimelb.edu.au/aimes)