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The challenges of congested city transport systems and safety were the hot topics at the Intelligent
Transport Systems business exchange conference held recently in Melbourne featuring speakers
and delegates from Asia, Australia, Europe, USA and New Zealand.
Hosted by ITS Australia, the conference attracted 200 participants from seven nations and facilitated an international exchange about innovative technologies and successfully deployed solutions to major transport issues across public, private and freight transport modes.
ITS Australia Chief Executive Officer Susan Harris said most speakers agreed that transport congestion in large metropolitan centres is a major challenge. “ITS solutions that address road traffic congestion and promote other transport modes were a focus of discussion at the conference,” Susan Harris said.
“A second key topic was the harmonisation of international standards. The globalisation of the transportation industry can enable faster and lower cost deployment of technologies when systems platforms are standardised,” she said.
ITS Japan Chief Executive Officer Hajime Amano emphasised this point by predicting that in Japan vehicles are becoming part of the energy supply system. He noted the need to better understand how vehicles will integrate into holistic energy networks to ensure future transport sustainability.
Hajime Amano also highlighted the emergence of connected and automated vehicles in Japan with
automated vehicles expected to be implemented in controlled environments by 2020. He emphasised the role of “big data” and the requirement for open platforms across public agencies and private enterprise to optimise the benefits of big data at a personal level and for organisations to assist in emergency response and transport strategy development.
Another speaker promoting harmonisation was TTS Italia Secretary General Olga Landolfi. She said a key objective in the European Union is to standardise platforms so transport systems can operate seamlessly across borders.
Italy has established the legal framework for this with the approval of the European Directive for ITS in 2010.
Next a National ITS Action Plan was developed to set the framework for addressing and implementing
mobility ITS solutions across Italy and to define the standards required. The priority action areas include freight, multi-modal transport and smarter cities solutions.
ITS America President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Belcher identified three main challenges to move ITS solutions to the next level:
- Connect to the cloud to bring outside content into the vehicle.
- Adopt the standards required to prevent crashes with vehicle to vehicle communication.
- Continue development of autonomous vehicles to enhance transport safety and sustainability.
He said the USA Federal Department of Transport has announced plans for legislation to mandate collision avoidance connected vehicle technology in all new vehicles. With development cycles for design and manufacture of vehicles extending up to 18 years, he suggested that time is critical in agreeing the platforms and systems required.
Click to enlarge Photo: The recent ITS Australia Business Exchange conference in Melbourne attracted local and international speakers, including (left to right) 2016 ITS World Congress Project Director Dean Zabrieszach, ITS America President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Belcher, TTS Italia Secretary General Olga Landolfi, ITS Japan Chief Executive Officer Hajime Amano, ITS Australia President Brian Negus, ITS Australia Chief Executive Officer Susan Harris, 2016 ITS World Congress Ambassador Liaison Norm Pidgeon, and Singapore Land Transport Authority Directors Grace Ong and Alan Quek.
Singapore Land Transport Authority Director Alan Quek said his government has a strong focus on test bed collaboration to support research addressing traffic mobility challenges and autonomous vehicles. They are planning to implement next generation road pricing, launch an autonomous bus trial and are working to harness the power of crowd sourced data and big data analytics.
Technology providers Here and Intelematics also reported on their solutions leveraging probe data to
enhance future traffic services, exploding the prevalence of internet connected vehicles with the next model round to deliver advanced traveller information services to drivers.
Memorandum of Understanding with Italy
Susan Harris said Australia’s status as an ITS industry leader was reflected in the fact that the event attracted senior international and Australian ITS experts.
The cooperative relationship between TTS Italia and ITS Australia was confirmed with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two organisations at a ceremony prior to the conference.
Susan Harris welcomed the expanded relationship with TTS Italia and the opportunities it offered to share information. ITS Australia has signed MoUs with 10 nations.
Click to enlarge Photo: Celebrating the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between
Australia and Italy were (left to right) ITS Australia Chief Executive Officer Susan Harris, TTS Italia Secretary General Olga Landolfi and ITS Australia President Brian Negus.
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