Category: Industry News


Driverless car legislation planned for SA as part of changes to road laws

There are plans to update South Australia’s road laws to allow for a future when driverless cars may become a reality.

Former General Motors executive and adviser to Google’s driverless car project Larry Burns visited Adelaide last year to speak with government and business interests about the project’s progress.

In a speech delivered in the South Australian Parliament today to mark the formal opening of the new session, the Government outlined a plan to reform two pieces of road legislation.

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Freight Innovation Trials To Begin In Victoria

Industry Framework for trialling road freight Intelligent Transport Systems  (ITS) and associated technologies

VicRoads Policy & Programs December 2014


The Victorian Freight and Logistics Plan was released in 2013 and provides a clear vision and a plan for ensuring that Victoria retains its status as Australia’s freight and logistics capital, building for the future using our competitive strengths.

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Transport Certification Australia (TCA) and VicRoads today launched a new industry framework for
trialling road freight Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and associated technologies1.

Announced by the Victorian Minister for Roads, Road Safety and Ports, the Hon Luke Donnellan MP,
this initiative is amongst the first of its kind, and will allow the heavy vehicle, freight and ITS industries
to come forward with innovative proposals to trial ITS technologies that can improve the operation of
heavy vehicles on the Victorian road network. READ MORE 


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Limitations on road safety with self-driving vehicles

“Road safety with self-driving vehicles: General limitations and road sharing with conventional vehicles.” 

Report by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle
The University of Michigan
Transportation Research Institute
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109-2150
January 2015

Download Report UMTRI-2015-2


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Driverless cars to be tested on public roads

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Driverless cars to be tested on public roads – Straits Times 14 Jan 15 Pg B4

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RACV research finds new vehicle safety technologies will significantly reduce road trauma

22 December, 2014 207/14

Victoria’s leading transport advocate RACV is calling for car manufacturers to fit Autonomous Emergency Braking to all their vehicles, to significantly reduce road trauma.
It follows RACV commissioned research which assessed the future impact of vehicle safety technologies in Australia over the next 30 years, with the findings detailed in RACV’s Emerging Vehicle Safety Technology report.

The vehicle safety technologies reviewed as part of that assessment were classified into three categories:

  • In-car safety systems
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Connected Vehicle systems (V2V)

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ITS Australia congratulates Prof Alberto Broggi

Doctorate Honoris Causa to Prof. Alberto Broggi

The prestigious award for lifetime achievement to be awarded by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs on April 3, 2015 at INSA (Institut National des Sciences Appliquées) in Rouen, France.

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Spatial Industry innovation key to Intelligent Transportation futures


The spatial Industry embraces a number of fast growing sectors that are each changing the way we engage with the world around us. Intelligent Transportation, Smart Cities, Integrative Epidemiology, Building Information Modelling, Precision Agriculture, Robotics, Big Data analytics are all fusing and innovating inside this spatial primordial soup.   Read full article

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USDOT Unveils New Animated Video Illustrating the Benefits of Connected Vehicle Technology

The USDOT has developed an animated video to illustrate the concept of connected vehicles and help the public understand its potential benefits.

Connected vehicle technology enables our cars to wirelessly communicate with each other, roadside infrastructure, and even our personal mobile devices, sharing valuable information that could save lives, reduce congestion, and lessen the impact of transportation on our environment. The USDOT’s new animated video shows connected vehicles in action, moving through several scenarios that highlight the technology’s benefits in safety, mobility, environment, road weather, and emergency response.

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Progress on Road Safety statement

Statement to Parliament on the Australian Government’s progress on improving road safety by the Hon Jamie Briggs MP

National Road Safety Action Plan

The National Road Safety Action Plan was endorsed by the Transport and Infrastructure Council in November 2014.  It is pleasing to see that this plan includes an action for Austroads to establish an operational framework to enable the introduction and operation of C-ITS by the end of 2016.  This action is included as Action 16, within a package of recommendations focusing on advancing safe systems.

Action 17 then calls on state governments to promote a range of safe system transformation projects. This is an opportunity for us to promote the need for these projects to include advanced technology that can demonstrate the safety benefits of ITS to the community and our leaders in the Australian context.



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TCA Releases Telematics Data Dictionary

Media Release from Transport Certification Australia

TCA Releases Telematics Data Dictionary

Transport Certification Australia (TCA) today announced, in response to a request from Australian Transport Ministers, that it has released a Telematics Data Dictionary that establishes a common set of definitions for the use and exchange of data and information.

“Like a dictionary for language, the definitions contained in the Telematics Data Dictionary can be generically applied to telematics applications within a domestic car, taxi, train or heavy vehicle, or for that matter, any telematics application deployed on the surface of the earth,” said TCA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Koniditsiotis.

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