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ADAS technology is reducing crashes

Although driverless or autonomous vehicles (AVs) attract the most media attention, some of the new technologies involved in their development are already having a major impact on road safety. Increasingly, vehicles are equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) that insurance industry research shows are preventing or reducing some types of common crashes. Starting out as options on a few luxury models, crash avoidance systems have steadily spread to more of the fleet.

Read Full Article – Traffic Technology Today 1 October 2014 

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Prof. Jack Singh to head NICTA Victoria

Industry R&D expert Prof. Jack Singh to head NICTA Victoria


NICTA, Australia’s ICT Research Centre of Excellence, is pleased to announce that Prof. Jack Singh has been appointed as Director, NICTA Victoria. Prof. Singh joins NICTA from La Trobe University where he has been Director of the Centre for Technology Infusion, which focuses on strategic and translational research related to ICT. Read More

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Intelligent Transport Systems Master Plan released

ITS Master Plan to guide Main Roads to achieve its 2020 vision of ‘Smart Roads, Safe Journeys’

The newly released Main Roads Intelligent Transport Systems Master Plan is set to guide Main Roads on their strategic journey to ‘Smart Roads, Safe Journeys’ by 2020.

Developed through an extensive consultation process involving stakeholder workshops and industry submissions, the ITS Master Plan provides a strategic plan to deal with key challenges such as congestion, Big Data, and automated and connected vehicles.  The plan also outlines initiatives that will improve the delivery of ITS-enabled services with a focus on increasing system reliability and security, standardisation, data management, procurement and governance, and expertise building.

The Main Roads ITS Master Plan together with the supporting background papers is now available for download from here.

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Dean Zabrieszach – Traffic Interview

Published in August/September 2014 issue Traffic Technology International

VicRoads’ director of operations, Dean Zabrieszach, knows advanced traffic management will play online pokies a vital role in shaping Melbourne’s future. Read full article



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High-tech sensors successfully monitor traffic in Australia

Published in Traffic Technology International August/September 2014

In late 2013, VicRoads, the state of Victoria’s DOT, teamed up with Laser Technology Australia (LTA) to launch technology test site on Melbourne’s M80 ring road.  Read Full Article

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Australia expands real-time traffic network

In one of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest service rollouts, Australia’s RDS-TMC (Radio Data System – Traffic Message Channel) network coverage footprint will be expanded by more than 80% and its real-time traffic service will be available to more than 17.5 million Australian motorists following the deployment.

Read Full article in Traffic Technology Today (11 Sept 2014)


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Thinking Podcast at the Detroit ITS World Congress

Thinking Podcast at the Detroit ITS World Congress





There’s so much going on at next week’s ITS World Congress that you can’t keep up with everything. That’s why Thinking Highways are sending an army of reporters to Detroit to bring you daily Thinking Aloud podcasts from the event, hearing from thought-leaders, keynote speakers and innovative exhibitors. H3B Media’s Head of Broadcast Paul Hutton will present the programmes with contributions from Kevin Borras, Jason Barnes, Bob McQueen and Shelley Row. New programmes will be online Monday-to-Thursday evenings next week and whether you’re at the event or listening here in Australia, you’ll be kept in the know.

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ANCAP safety ratings now easier for consumers

ANCAP is making it easier for consumers to identify the requirements against which each car has been
tested through the addition of a datestamp component to its ANCAP safety rating logos.

In order to provide consumers with the safest cars possible and encourage continuous improvement in vehicle safety design, ANCAP is continuing to raise the bar for each of its safety star ratings year by year.

Read Full Media Release ANCAP MEDIA RELEASE – ANCAP safety ratings now easier for consumers @ 1 Sept 14

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ITS and Smart Cities 2014 – call for abstracts


ITS and Smart Cities 2014

19-22 November 2014

University of Patras Conference and Cultural Center

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – Deadline:  September 19, 2014

The University of Patras, Department of Civil Engineering, in cooperation with ITS Hellas-Hellenic Intelligent Transport Systems are organising the ITS 2014 Conference.

Intelligent Transportation Systems are making fundamental contributions to the advanced design and development of safe transportation systems, transportation infrastructure, networks, and vehicles.  Within the framework of Smart Cities and Regions, the Conference is an opportunity for industry, public organizations, local government and authorities, universities, researchers, consultants, constructors, and independent professionals to exchange views on arising problems and solutions.

ITS 2014 Topics

•   Smart green cities and communities;

•   Smart regions;

•   Intelligent travel and green tourism;

•   Intelligent energy and public/private management;

•   Smart data management;

•   Intelligent Hubs and ports;

•   Smart cargo and logistics;

•   Intelligent transport & traffic information and infomobility;

•   Intelligent traffic management and control;

•   Vehicle navigation;

•   Intelligent safety and security;

  • Cooperative systems;

•   Intelligent fleet management;

•   Intelligent vehicle and human-vehicle interaction.



Contributions to ITS 2014 will include:

–  Scientific papers, up to 6000 words, for independent review by 3 referees.

–  Technical presentations, up to 3000 words, on problems, solutions, evaluation of new

technologies, project results for evaluation on the basis of an extended abstract.


If interested in participating in the ITS 2014 Conference, please send your contribution to Prof. Y. Stephanedes, Scientific Committee Chair, at [email protected].  Deadline:  September 19, 2014. After the expiration of this deadline abstracts cannot be included in the proceedings but can be considered for presentation.

All scientific papers and selected presentations will be included in “Proceedings ITS 2014”.  Conference languages:  English, Greek.


The “ITS 2014 Student Paper Award” will be awarded to the best student scientific paper.

Additional information will be at the conference site and at:


Transportation and Traffic Unit

Department of Civil Engineering

School of Engineering

University of Patras

Rio, Patra, 26500 Greece

Tel. +30 2610 997 647, Fax +30 2610 997 572

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How well do you really Drive?

August 25, 2014, Adam Courtenay

An ingenious, formula one inspired device can confirm whether or not you’re a hoon.

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