Category: ITS Australia News



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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Australian ITS Summit 2018, hosted by ITS Australia, breaks attendance records

Melbourne, 4 September 2018 – Connected and Automated Vehicles, cyber security, Ride-Share, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and AI (artificial intelligence) were among the transport technology hot-topics being discussed at this year’s Australian Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Summit.

Hosted by Intelligent Transport Systems Australia (ITS Australia), in partnership with NSW Government and Roads and Maritime Services, the ITS Summit 2018 was Australia’s largest annual industry-led ITS conference with over 800 attendees, breaking attendance records for smart transport events in Australia.

ITS leaders from Asia Pacific, Europe, and USA joined the Australian smart transport community to explore current and future technologies at the Australian ITS Summit, 28-29 August 2018, at the International Convention Centre, Sydney.

Dean Zabrieszach, President ITS Australia said the Summit theme, Shaping Future Transport reflects the rapidly changing transport landscape of today while introducing future mobility technologies.

“The ITS industry continues to expand and reach into new industry segments, and increasingly plays a vital role in the safety, efficiency and sustainability of freight and people movement.

“Technology is changing so fast it not only presents opportunities to enhance the liveability of our cities and communities, it creates new and future business opportunities. Australia has the capability to capitalise on all of these.”

The ITS Summit included more than 100 Australian and international speakers, with Keynote presentations from government, international and local industry leaders all supported by a strong exhibition, technical tours and business opportunities.

Mark Bailey, Queensland’s Transport and Main Roads Minister, said opportunities to drive the national conversation on ITS would help prepare Australians for a very different transport landscape to what we see now.

“We are excited about preparing Queensland’s road network, infrastructure, legislation, regulation and licencing to support automated vehicles,” Mr Bailey said.

“The ITS Summit is a valuable forum for sharing ideas and see the exciting things happening around the world that make this such an inspiring space to work in.

“We look forward to hosting the Summit in Brisbane in 2020 and bringing more bright ideas to Queensland.”

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ITS Australia launches MaaS in Australia: Customer Insights and Opportunities

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Research and Report by ITS Australia marks a path for progress

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Research and Report by ITS Australia marks a path for progress Melbourne, Wednesday, 1 August 2018, Intelligent Transport Systems Australia (ITS Australia) has today published and released its research and report into Mobility as a Service (MaaS) in Australia: Customer Insights and Opportunities.

There’s much discussion these days about once-in-a-generation change; digital disruption, major demographic and societal shifts, and mega-projects offering improvements unimagined by our grand-parents or sometimes even parents.

What has not been seen before though is the kind of unprecedented potential for change in transport we are currently experiencing. During interviews with more than 80 leaders in the transport sector, across government, industry, and academia a strong theme emerged that not since the mass-production of private vehicles c1920 has there been such potential for revolutionary change in the transport sector.

Transport innovation like ‘mobility as a service’ offers the potential to drastically improve customer choices, reduce travel costs, increase network capacity and transport sustainability while improving social and environmental outcomes.

Read the release in full here

Download the report here

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ITS Australia to host 2018 Australian ITS Summit in partnership with NSW Government

Melbourne/Sydney, 8 June 2018  ITS Australia are pleased to announce the 2018 Australian Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Summit will be hosted in partnership with Transport for New South Wales, and Roads and Maritime Services.

The 6th Australian ITS Summit will bring together Australian and international executives from the emerging transport technology sector.

Transport plays an essential role in any economy, whether moving people or freight. The combined pressure to provide better and more transport means that the opportunity to develop and deploy new technology, and technology-based transport improvements, are of great social and economic significance.

With speakers and attendees from America, Asia Pacific, Europe, and Australia, combined with a strong industry exhibition, sponsorship, and government support, the Australian ITS Summit 2018 outcomes will have positive impacts locally and internationally.

Ken Kanofski, Chief Executive Roads and Maritime Services said “Roads and Maritime Services is delighted to join together with ITS Australia to be the Premier Partner of the Intelligent Transport Systems Summit 2018. Our sponsorship of the Australian ITS Summit is a joint effort with Transport for NSW to contribute to the research, development, and delivery of initiatives which utilise ITS for the benefit of our customers.

“The future and performance of the road network and our customers’ experience rests with how we better utilise new technologies. The Australian ITS Summit provides an important platform for the industry to share information and to enable us to be future ready in this global transport evolution.”


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NeTC Conference wrap-up – Australian and global tolling leaders have gathered for 2 days to tackle challenges in keeping transport moving

Melbourne, 7 June 2018 -– The NeTC conference, now in its 13th year, is proving to remain as relevant today as when it was created in 2006.

Whilst the topics have progressed to include in 2018 how Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) might interact with toll road infrastructure, the challenges of keeping transport moving remain top of the agenda.

The emergence of increasingly connected and automated vehicles is expected to lead to fundamental changes to roads, transport, and cities in the future. The industry is talking about these challenges and the changes in the flow of vehicles on the roads to more easily accommodate all journeys.

Changes are being made now to make a difference to travellers’ experiences in the near-term. With an ever-increasing demand for road journeys, ways are being sought to convey growing populations to their everyday destinations – often a city-centre, or cross-city location.

Other approaches are looking to minimise the impact of heavy vehicles and freight on the roads, to keep heavy vehicles and freight to the main arterial roads, and away from local streets.

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Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Kate Jones

Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey

Brisbane announced as host of the 17th Asia Pacific ITS Forum in 2020

Brisbane is further cementing its reputation as Australia’s new world city, after being selected to host the 17th Intelligent Transport Systems Asia Pacific Forum in May 2020 (ITSAP2020).

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said it was an honour for Queensland to be selected as the 2020 host location, with the announcement made during the recent ITS Asia Pacific Forum held in Fukuoka, Japan.

“Queensland is at the forefront of developing and deploying ITS technologies, particularly in the area of cooperative and automated vehicles, and I am delighted the forum will be held in Brisbane in 2020,” Mr. Bailey said.

“It is an exciting era for ITS and the ITS Asia Pacific Forum provides an opportunity to bring the industry together to share how far we have come, and prepare for the journey ahead.

“As the location for the largest trial of Cooperative-ITS in Australia, with public deployment due in late 2019, the best way to understand how we do ITS in Queensland is to come experience it for yourself.”

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