Category: Industry News


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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Intelematics wins Industry Award for Toyota Connected Vehicle Program at National ITS Awards

Melbourne, 10 December, 2014 – Intelematics has been recognised with a national technology excellence award for its work on a flexible connected vehicle platform for Toyota Motor Corporation.

The company was named the winner of the Industry Award at the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia Awards held in Brisbane last month.

Intelematics spent more than two years developing the state-of-the-art platform, which provides motorists with access to a range of motoring and travel-related information and assistance services through an interactive vehicle dashboard (and supporting web, smartphone, and agent-assisted interfaces). Variants of these services launched in late 2013 as Lexus Enform and early 2014 under the Toyota Link brand.

As well as acting as the Tier 1 provider of all enabling content, services and technologies for the programs, Intelematics developed in-house the application software operating on the vehicle head-units – a tethered connectivity solution leveraging motorists’ existing smartphones and all the backend systems that bring the program to life.

Intelematics’ innovative architecture allows upgrades and entirely new applications to be seamlessly uploaded to the vehicle head unit, allowing programs to evolve and adapt as the market for connected vehicle services matures.

More than 60,000 vehicles are already equipped with the service, and this is building by tens of thousands of additional vehicles every month.

Today, motorists can use the Toyota Link apps to find information such as traffic conditions, cheap fuel, local accommodation and restaurant reviews, as well as connecting with Toyota dealers and preferred roadside assist providers. The flexible architecture will enable Toyota to offer additional and improved applications in the future.

Intelematics continues to be the program operator and aggregator for the connected service on behalf of Toyota Australia.

Adam Game, Chief Executive Officer, Intelematics said the Toyota project had been an ambitious one.

“We wanted to change the way motorists can interact with their vehicle not only today or even tomorrow, but for many years to come. In the automotive world such flexibility in dashboard application architecture is unprecedented,” Mr Game said.

“It has been a privilege to support the Toyota group in realising such an ambitious vision. The work by done by the teams at Toyota and Intelematics is an example of how far the local telematics industry has come – Australia is now developing and delivering connected vehicle services that are leading the world,” Mr Game said.

The ITS Industry Award is awarded to the country’s most innovative new product or service.  Other finalists for the industry award included NICTA, for its Intelligent Fleet Logistics solution, and SKIDATA Australasia, for its Ticketless Parking Solution at Westfield Miranda shopping centre.

As a result of the win at the Australian ITS Awards, Intelematics is Australia’s nominee for the International ITS Awards, with winners to be announced at the 22nd ITS World Congress to be held in France during October 2015.



About Intelematics Australia

Intelematics Australia is a RACV group organisation and is a founding member of Global Response – a strategic telematics alliance covering Europe, North America and Australia, with more than 80 million motoring club members.

Globally recognised for innovation, Intelematics Australia’s services include safety and security, fleet and workforce management, real-time traffic and other relevant motorist information and application development for in-vehicle and smartphone devices. Intelematics also provides enhanced remote vehicle diagnostic, reporting and eCRM services.

Intelematics Australia is a leading provider of OEM telematics and connected vehicle programs within the Asia Pacific region and works in partnership with its clients to create tailored programs that bring benefit to vehicle manufacturers, their maintenance and retail channels, and motorists.

SUNA Traffic Channel, operated by Intelematics, has been adopted by leading brands including Alpine, Clarion, Eclipse, Ford, Fujitsu Ten, Garmin, Google, Holden, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Magellen, Mio, Mitsubishi, Navman, Nissan, Pioneer, Porsche, Samsung, Subaru and Toyota in Australia and Ford, Garmin, Hyundai and Navman in New Zealand.

About the National ITS Awards

The National ITS Awards program is a major ITS Australia initiative to recognise professional ITS expertise and to help educate government and the community about the benefits of ITS technologies. An Award win is also a valuable marketing tool. ITS technology researchers, developers and manufacturers are encouraged to participate in the 2014 ITS National Awards.


About the ITS World Congress

The ITS World Congress is the leading exhibition and trade show for the ITS sector globally. With over 60 countries participating, it is uniquely international in scope and perspective and is the largest annual event focusing on technology solutions for improving transport safety, security and efficiency.The 22nd ITS World Congress will be held in Bordeaux France 5-9 October 2015, with Melbourne to host the 23rd ITS World Congress in October 2016.



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Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel visits NICTA and the Future Logistics Living Lab

NICTA was honoured to host a visit from the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel on Monday 17th November.

NICTA was the only site Chancellor Merkel visited in Sydney outside the G20 commitments. This was a huge honour for NICTA and Future Logistics Living Lab and an acknowledgement of NICTA’s international standing.

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To arrange a tour of the Future Logistics Living Lab please contact [email protected]

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New ITS America Report Re-examines the Challenges of Wireless Interoperability and Vehicle Connectivity

For Immediate Release

New ITS America Report Re-examines the Challenges of Wireless Interoperability and Vehicle Connectivity

Findings Suggest Vehicle Applications to Benefit from
Standards for Heterogeneous Networking

Washington, D.C. (November 5, 2014) – A new report released today by the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) investigates how heterogeneous mobile broadband networks could enable interoperability between next generation vehicle and road infrastructure applications.

Automakers, transportation agencies, and others have for more than a decade lamented the lack of wireless interoperability between disparate Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS), such as tolling, traffic control, and vehicle remote diagnostics. The emergence of Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) solved the largest part of this interoperability problem — specifically in reference to life-saving next generation vehicle safety technologies such as crash avoidance systems.

The report titled, Vehicle Applications and Wireless Interoperability: Heterogeneous Networks, “Multi-Path” Applications and their Impact on Transportationemphasizes that a new open internetworking standard is emerging to address interoperability of dissimilar mobile broadband networks– the Multi-path Transmission Control Protocol (Multi-path TCP).

Apple Inc. recently implemented a variant of the Multi-path TCP in its iOS operating system to support the intelligence personal assistant and knowledge navigator application Siri, enabling it to utilize Wi-Fi and cellular connections simultaneously and improve its robustness responding swiftly to voice queries. Apple CarPlay, released in 2014, is version of iOS designed to function with built-in automobile dashboards. Other companies are likely to use the same open standards to follow suite.

“New internetworking standards may erase distinctions between specialized wireless systems,” said ITS America Senior Technical Program’s Specialist Adrian Guan. “Such standards, if widely adopted, will allow apps, in particular traveler mobility apps, to choose the best network based upon service availability, unlimited by the type of radio technology.”

The Multi-path TCP protocol maintains simultaneous Internet Protocol (IP) connections across different radio networks to cloud based apps that are robust to roaming – leaving radio coverage areas and entering new hotspots – without breaking the connection. The report suggests that Multi-path TCP may be incorporated in a future Connected Vehicle environment to allow some DSRC mobility applications to utilize and roam across hotspot coverage areas. The report examines the opportunities and some of the remaining challenges to such heterogeneous networking in ITS.

Download the full report here.

About ITS America’s Connected Vehicle Technology Scan Series
This report and its associated webinar are part of the Technology Scan and Assessment project, which is a multi-year study that ITS America is conducting under sponsorship and guidance from the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office in the U.S. Department of Transportation.  The Technology Scan and Assessment series has covered a number of topics such as Mobile Broadband, Cybersecurity, Crash Avoidance, and Autonomous Vehicles. To learn more about the Technology Scan and Assessment, visit our Web page or download the U.S. DOT Technology Scan Fact Sheet.

Media Contact:                                                           Technical Contact:
Ashley Simmons, Director of Communications       Adrian Guan, Senior Technical Programs Specialist
202-721-4218 / [email protected]                      202-721-4236 / [email protected]


The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to advancing the research, development and deployment of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to improve to improve mobility, increase connectivity and build a safer, smarter,
more efficient and sustainable transportation system.

Learn more at and join the conversation @ITS_America

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Zero stars for Indian-sold Datsun Go and Maruti Suzuki Swift

For Immediate Release: Wednesday 5 November 2014
Zero stars for Indian-sold Datsun Go and Maruti Suzuki Swift.

Global NCAP, the overarching consumer vehicle safety testing organisation, has today revealed
zero star safety ratings for the Indian-sold Datsun Go and Maruti Suzuki Swift. These ratings were announced in Delhi, India, at the launch of the latest New Car Assessment Program, Bharat New Car Assessment Program (Bharat NCAP).

“The formation of an Indian-based NCAP is a positive step and ANCAP congratulates the Indian
Government and the Institute of Road Traffic Education (ITRE) on bringing this program to fruition,” said
ANCAP Chairman, Mr Lauchlan McIntosh. Read Media Release

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Locate15 – call for presenters

Monday March 9, 2015 – Thursday March 12, 2015

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The Power of Location

  • 10-12 March 2015
  • Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre

Locate15 is Australia & New Zealand’s leading Spatial event. It is designed to energise the location industry, inspire both producers and consumers of location information, and drive greater awareness, adoption and innovation.

Call for Presenters
We would like to hear your inspirational stories and your experiences; economic, political, social, environmental or business problems solved; and the goal of data, software and hardware. Presentations with a focus on the user perspective and needs are encouraged, as are presentations by location technology users.

We invite prospective presenters to submit a brief Executive Summary of up to 400 words under the Session Themes – identified by practitioners, industry, researchers and users – as issues of most topical interest.

1. Environment
2. Innovation, Research & Development (incorporating [email protected] Locate15)
3. Sustainable management of our Natural Resources
4. Health
5. Managing our investment in Infrastructure & Utilities
6. Securing our Nation; Disaster & Emergency Management

Closing Date: Friday 28 November at midnight

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[email protected] is organised by the Australasian Spatial Information Education and Research Association, ASIERA.

It will be a transparent full-paper peer review process, with carefully selected presentations and papers, with its own annual, open-access proceedings. The accepted papers will appear in the CEUR Workshop Proceedings Series (, an open-access publication service of Sun SITE Central Europe.

For information on themes, submission dates and to submit your abstract/paper/poster for review, please go to


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25,000 IVUs That Satisfy Key TCA Requirements Installed in Australian Heavy Vehicles

Media Release from Transport Certification Australia

25,000 IVUs That Satisfy Key TCA Requirements Installed in Australian Heavy Vehicles

Intelligent Access Program (IAP) Service Providers have advised TCA that there are approximately 25,000 IVUs installed in heavy vehicles which meet the requirements of the IAP Functional and Technical Specification or the Telematics IVU Functional and Technical Specification, with some amendments. Read Press Release

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Cohda applauds news of GM’s first ‘connected car’

News release: September 23, 2014

Cohda applauds news of GM’s first ‘connected car’
Global connected vehicle technology leader Cohda Wireles has welcomed news that General Motors’ first intelligent ‘connected car’ is due of the production lines within the next two years.
Delphi Automotive PLC, a company that will supply GM with connectivity technology to let cars “talk” with one another and provide drivers with critical safety information, uses Cohda’s safety applications software. Read More

For further information on Recent media on Cohda Wireless and its partners:



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VTA welcomes new interim CEO

MEDIA RELEASE 1 October 2014
Victorian Transport
The Victorian Transport Association (VTA) today welcomed Peter Anderson to the role of interim Chief
Executive Officer following the recent departure of Neil Chambers.
VTA President Brendan Hopley commented that the VTA Executive Council, staff and members are fortunate that Peter was available to fulfill the role of interim CEO.

“With over 30 years’ experience in the transport industry, the industry as a whole will benefit from Peter’s extensive operational knowledge and experience. Read Media Release

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