New Qashqai is 5 star but what’s missing?
ANCAP has today awarded two 5 star ANCAP safety ratings. The Nissan Qashqai and Mercedes-Benz
C-Class took out the top prize. At the same time, a 4 star ANCAP safety rating has been released for the
Ssangyong Stavic people mover – a mediocre result for the family-friendly model.
Good performance was seen across both petrol and diesel variants of the Nissan Qashqai enabling it to
achieve the top 5 star ANCAP safety rating. The compact SUV (its previous incarnation known as the
Dualis) scored well across all tests however one key additional life-saving safety technology is a notable
omission. Read More
Consortium applies to trial autonomous trucks in the Netherlands
Traffic Technology Today.Com 18 June 2014
Under a plan by a group of logistics and technology companies, self-driving or autonomous trucks could begin delivering goods from Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port, to other cities in the Netherlands within five years. The country’s Infrastructure and Environment Minister, Melanie Schultz van Haegen, has already written to the Netherlands Parliament, presenting the plan and seeking to review and update the country’s traffic laws in order to accommodate the large-scale testing of the self-driving technology on public roads. Schultz van Haegen’s letter explains that initial testing would start on computer simulations and the trucks will be tested on a closed track, before ultimately being piloted on public roads. Her letter states that a detailed proposal of where and how the trials will take place will be submitted to parliament after the summer. Spokeswoman for the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, Marianne Wuite, said, “We really want to seek out international partners to see what we can do in this field. There are countless benefits. Self-driving cars need less space and therefore use asphalt more efficiently; they avert traffic jams and reduce accidents. They are also more environmentally friendly.”
Traffic Control and Coordination – Research,
Practice and Equipment
Time and Date: 4:30pm to 6:30pm, Wednesday 16th July 2014
Location: VicRoads Theatrette, 60 Denmark St, Kew
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VicRoads has engaged the School of Mathematical Science, Monash University and Melbourne University to model traffic signal control and urban networks using Cellular Automata. The research tests different SCATS configuration including comparing varying cycle times in congested environments. Joyce Lele Zhang will discuss the findings.
The recent Victorian Auditor-General report, Managing Traffic Congestion (April 2013) stated that VicRoads systematically reviews the efficiency and effectiveness of its operational management of the road system. Trent Robinson will present on Route Reviews which have been completed in 2013/14, the changes and benefits in accordance to SmartRoads guidelines.
The next generation traffic signal controller (VC6) is currently being tested, Bob Lemon, Technical Marketing Manager, Aldridge Traffic Controllers will outline the capabilities of these controllers.
- Joyce Lele Zhang School of Mathematical Sciences, Monash University
- Trent Robinson Team Leader, Smart Roads Reviews
- Bob Lemon Technical Marketing Manager, Aldridge Traffic Controllers
This event is free of charge to members and friends of the AITPM.
This event contributes to your Continuing Professional Development requirements,
as required by many professional associations
RSVP to http://aitpmvic20140716.eventbrite.com.au by 5pm Friday 11th July, 2014
Please contact Tony Fitts (0417 517 974) for further information.
Call for Papers – Special Session on Recent Advances in ITS for Smart Cities
GIIS 2014 – Global Information Infrastructure and Networking Symposium Cloud Infrastructure
*Technically Sponsored by IEEE Communications Society*
September 15-19, 2014
Submission: July 2, 2014
Notification: August 2, 2014
Camera Ready: August 25, 2014
This special session focuses on exploring the technical challenges facing the development of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Applications, and seeks for original contributions that promote the advances in this important research area for future smart cities.
Topics of interests
Topics of interest include but are not limited to:
• Medium access control protocols
• Wireless sensor networks and road-side assistance systems
• Multi-channel organization and operation
• Context and location awareness for ITS
• Congestion and pollution management
• Safety, emergency, and comfort applications
• Cooperative awareness applications
• Advanced driver assistance systems
• V2V and V2I communications
• V2X communications (e.g., with bicyclists, pedestrians, etc.)
• Advanced radio technologies for V2X
• Security, trust and privacy implications
• Social and cloud applications for vehicles
• DSRC systems for vulnerable road users (pedestrians, road workers, bicycles, etc.)
• Assessment of impact of VANETs on safety, smart transportation efficiency, and the environment
• Green transportation
• Efficient transportation solutions: public transport, carpooling techniques etc.
• Electric vehicles networking
• Fleet management
• Test-beds and field trials
• Visible Light Communications (VLC) based vehicular networks
• Hybrid RF/VLC vehicular networks
Special Session Co-chairs:
Soufiene Djahel & Nicola Cranley, PEL, University College Dublin, Ireland
The NZ Transport Agency (NZTA) and Auckland Transport (AT) as part of a joint initiative are seeking an EOI from suitably qualified organisations to partner with, to provision an Intelligent Transport Management System. The purposes of this EOI is to identify and select a shortlist of Applicants that are considered to be most suited to, and have the solution, capacity, capability, attributes, financial standing and proven track record to best partner with AT and NZTA to provide the required solution.
EOIs are invited from suitably experienced organisations for a shortlisting as prospective Applicants for the provision of a National Intelligent Transport Management System. (NITMS).
Expression of Interest (EOI) – National Intelligent Transport Management System (NITMS)
Government plan launched to propel New Zealand transport into the future
Ministry of Transport
Date: 18 June 2014
MEDIA RELEASE – click here to download full press release
Secretary for Transport Martin Matthews today launched an Intelligent Transport Systems
Action Plan that will help make transport safer and more efficient in New Zealand. The plan
identifies what is needed in New Zealand for advancing the introduction of intelligent transport
Intelligent transport systems use technologies such as sensors, computing and
communications in vehicles and in transport infrastructure such as roads; and include such
things as traffic control systems, advanced driver assistance, vehicle monitoring and integrated
electronic ticketing. Read more
The National Transport Commission has just released the Delivering a Compliance Framework for Heavy Vehicles Telematics: final policy paper, endorsed by the Transport and Infrastructure Council in May 2014.
The paper has six recommendations that have been approved by the Transport and Infrastructure Council and the NTC will deliver the compliance framework over the next 12 months. The compliance framework will provide policy certainty in order to encourage industry to adopt telematics, and in doing so, improve road safety, productivity and environmental outcomes.
The compliance framework will distinguish between applications used for enforcement (such as the EWD) or compliance purposes (such as IAP) and purely commercial applications. Standards of performance and security should be higher for telematics used to demonstrate compliance with the law, or for enforcement purposes.
The compliance framework will enable telematics systems to separate commercial and regulatory data so that authorised officers undertaking enforcement activities can only access relevant information. For example, a telematics device may be developed that integrates EWD and payroll features. Under fatigue laws, a driver must present the EWD information to an authorised officer – the telematics system can be designed in such a way that only the EWD, but not the payroll records, can be accessed at the roadside by an authorised officer.
The telematics final policy paper can be accessed here: http://www.ntc.gov.au/viewpage.aspx?AreaId=35&DocumentId=2002.
The National Transport Commission has just released the Electronic Work Diaries: final policy paper, endorsed by the Transport and Infrastructure Council in May 2014.
The policy findings and recommendations made in this paper are the culmination of work undertaken by the NTC as part of the EWD Operational Pilot. They are intended to ensure:
- EWD provisions are fit-for-purpose and are not ambiguous or based on outdated technology assumptions
- a consistent and equitable approach to the treatment of small breaches is agreed at a national level
- the collection, handling and disclosure of personal information generated by EWDs sufficiently protects drivers from illegal or unreasonable contravention of their privacy
- the process for approving the EWD technical specification is appropriately transparent and robust.
The EWD final policy paper can be accessed here: http://www.ntc.gov.au/viewpage.aspx?documentid=2023.
TCA today announced it has taken a lead role in the development of a Telematics Data Dictionary, to establish a common set of definitions for the use and exchange of data and information, in line with the recommended direction set by the Transport and Infrastructure Council. “The Telematics Data Dictionary will evolve over time, as new applications emerge, and can be used to inform stakeholders, encouraging consistency in the use of data across systems and services ,” said TCA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Koniditsiotis. Click here to view the release