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Cubic to Demonstrate a Proof of Concept Connected Car System at CAV Scotland 2018

SAN DIEGO – Oct. 30, 2018 – Cubic Corporation today announced that its Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division will demonstrate its proof of concept for a connected in-vehicle information system at CAV Scotland 2018 in Edinburgh, from October 31–November 1.

CAV Scotland is a new event that brings together global experts in connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) with live demonstrations that aim to assess the latest developments and discuss the way forward with future trials and research across the world. “Cubic is delighted to participate in the connected and autonomous vehicle discussion and demonstrate novel connectivity and messaging technology that could help Scotland benefit from safer, lower cost CAV deployment,” said Matt Cole, president, CTS. “Our proof of concept will showcase Cubic’s global leadership in information delivery to both travelers and transportation operators through our payment and information systems currently in use around the world.”

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Brian Negus announced as recipient of the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award 2018

ITS Australia President Dean Zabrieszach has announced Brian Negus, Ambassador to ITS Australia, is to be recognised for his outstanding contribution to the Australian Transport and Intelligent Transport Systems industry as the 2018 recipient of the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award is an industry nominated award, named after Dr. Max Lay AM, a globally recognised pioneer and leader in Transport and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). Recipients must personify achievement of the ultimate standard for a leader in the ITS field.

Brian Negus’ transport career has spanned over 50 years with extensive experience in the public sector, transferring that experience to support public policy on transport initiatives through his leadership in the private sector. Brian remains engaged in several high-profile and influential roles, including Ambassador to ITS Australia, where he continues to lead, guide and mentor organisations and individuals on a broad range of transport issues, especially smart technology solutions to improve transport, despite retiring from full-time employment.

Dean Zabrieszach, President ITS Australia said “Brian is a trusted adviser in the entire transport field and he is widely valued because of his dedication and assiduity in supporting others and helping them to succeed.

“For most of his career, Brian has been driving organisations, and the community, for progress in the transportation sector, especially smart technology solutions to improve transport safety, mobility and sustainability. It is because of this that the industry has chosen Brian to be the recipient of the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award.

“I congratulate Brian on behalf of ITS Australia, and we look forward to officially presenting the award to him at the end of November.”

The ITS Australia National Awards Presentation Night will be held in Brisbane at the Sofitel on 22 November 2018. The Director-General of Transport and Main Roads, Queensland, Neil Scales is the keynote speaker, and in addition to the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award, presentations will be made to winners of the Industry, Government, Automated Vehicle (sponsored by ADVI), Research and Young Professional categories.

To view the 2018 Shortlisted Finalists and for Presentation Night Dinner information visit

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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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ITS Australia responds to Federal government announcement of Office of Future Transport Technologies

Melbourne Monday 8 October 2018,

ITS Australia has welcomed the establishment of a new Office for Future Transport Technologies, announced by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development, Michael McCormack.

In the announcement, 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.

This includes automated and connected vehicle technologies which will make our roads safer.

The initiative will also help Australian businesses to take advantage of new opportunities and create a supportive environment for innovation in the rapidly expanding transport and mobility industry.

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Australian Government and the US State of Michigan sign cooperative MOU

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. (

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. (

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. (

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Monday 1 October 2018


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 Four – In Conversation With…. (part 2)

Brian Negus has continued chatting with ITS luminaries – Shailen Bhatt, President, ITS of America, and the original ITS Hall of Famer, Russ Shields currently Chair of Ygomi.

Brian also chatted with Hajime Amano, Secretary-General, ITS Asia Pacific.  Amano San reflected with Brian on “the need for the communities we are working in to be a part of the process in delivering the best possible outcomes for them, noting that it’s particularly interesting to consider the countries that rate highest in the World Happiness Index are currently majority Scandinavian. Four different countries have held the top spot in the four most recent reports- Denmark, Switzerland, Norway and now Finland. With Congress in Copenhagen this year it’s helpful to consider learnings from our peers and local governments on what we can do better in our home countries to work to achieve higher ‘happiness’ ratings in our communities.”

Brian continued that theme with Shailen Bhatt on the importance of communities over technology for technologies sake. Reflecting on his years as head of the Department of Transport in Colorado and prior to that in Delaware, Bhatt said “he was looking forward to next year’s Congress in Singapore”, and that he “agreed while some amazing work is being done in the nation-state, the challenge of stakeholder and community engagement is different around the world.”

Finally, Russ Shields and Brian discussed the complicated and contentious communications question: DSRC or 5G. Russ is a font of knowledge on the history and legacy of this issue and has a lot to say on how “maybe some in the transport sector have misconstrued the issue and the importance of recognising the enormously valuable real estate we’ve been offered in our spectrum allocation. As well as the incredible safety benefits it offers.”

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Day Four – In Conversation With…. (part 1)

The sun is just rising over the final day of the 25th ITS World Congress, and plenty of activity is planned before the official closing this afternoon.  In the meantime here are some updates from yesterday!

Susan Harris has been immersed in the Congress this week.  So far Susan has moderated a session on the anticipated changes in employment patterns brought about by emerging transport technology; attended a session on cyber-security; and moderated another session on vehicle detection and network efficiency.

As Susan said “It was very apparent that there will be a significant growth in employment opportunities in technology and data analytics. From the session on employment patterns, training was seen as key to ensure the industry has the skills to and resources needed to address anticipated impacted by automation.  The presenters recommended building confidence in individuals so that they could adjust to a more technology-based role.

“The very valuable session I attended on cyber-security looked at where some of the vulnerabilities of CAVs exist, highlighting important work that needs to be done in this space.  At the more technical end of the spectrum, I moderated a session on vehicle detection and network efficiency, showcasing: emerging research in pavement monitoring; vehicle type detection; use of dashcams for network monitoring;  relationships to air quality and traffic flow; and application of economic theories to investigate efficient road use and network efficiency.

As you can see there is something for everyone one at the ITS World Congress. Not only an incredible range of sessions but the opportunity to meet with, share and collaborate with ITS leaders around the globe.

It has been another highly successful ITS World Congress in the beautiful city of Copenhagen.  If you weren’t able to attend, we encourage you to join the 2019 ITS World Congress in Singapore – 21-25 October



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Day Three – In Conversation With….

During Day 3 of the 25th ITS World Congress, Brian Negus our voice from the Congress had an opportunity chat with Andrea Ash, VP Marketing at Cohda Wireless.

Cohda Wireless is in Copenhagen demonstrating, amongst other things, the use of break-down alerts from vehicles to generate street light amplification in smart cities for safer roads.

Brian also caught up with Daniel Hoyne, Project Manager with VicRoads who is also Program Manager for AIMES (Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem) and the opportunities this living laboratory provides to test highly-integrated transport technology, and deliver safer, cleaner and more sustainable urban transport outcomes.

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ITS Australia attending the 25th ITS World Congress in Copenhagen, Denmark

Over 100 Australian ITS industry representatives will be attending the 25th ITS World Congress being held in Copenhagen, Denmark showcasing the fantastic Australian intelligent transport systems concepts, trials, programs, and products with the international audience through exhibition, presentations, and demonstrations.

Dean Zabrieszach, President ITS Australia and Susan Harris, CEO ITS Australia will be attending the Congress to participate in ITS Asia Pacific Board Meetings as well as engage with other global ITS organisations and leaders to further develop cooperative relationships and represent the Australian ITS industry.

ITS Australia Ambassador (and Immediate Past President), Brian Negus will also be attending and meeting with ITS leaders from around the globe to continue to learn about what is taking place overseas.

The ITS Australia VIP Cocktail Function on Monday 17th welcomed Ambassador Mary Ellen Miller, Australian Ambassador to Denmark addressed the attending guests which included Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO, ERTICO, and Shailen Bhatt, President and CEO, ITS of America. ITS Australia has received support from AIMES (Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem) and National Transport Commission.

ITS Australia will host the Australia Pavilion which will provide the ideal opportunity for the Australian ITS industry to come together, discuss and make the necessary contacts to move initiatives forward locally and internationally by exhibiting and demonstrating state of the art ITS solutions.

The co-exhibitors on the Australia Pavilion include ATC Braums; Austrade – Start-up delegation; Cohda Wireless; Data61 | CSIRO; Micro Connect; SAGE Automation together with Department of Planning Transport and Infrastructure, South Australia; and ITS Australia.

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