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Intelligent Transport Systems Technology Action Plan

Government plan launched to propel New Zealand transport into the future

Ministry of Transport
Date: 18 June 2014

MEDIA RELEASEclick 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
systems technologies.

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
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Delivering a Compliance Framework for Heavy Vehicle Telematics: final policy paper

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:

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Electronic Work Dairies: final policy paper

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:

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TCA to Develop Telematics Data Dictionary

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

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28 May 2014
Transport Certification Australia (TCA) today announced it is now accepting applications for
type-approval of Telematics In-Vehicle Units (IVUs).

“In recent months we’ve received a strong level of interest from the telematics sector to our
Telematics IVU Functional and Technical Specification. The growing use of telematics
across land-based transport applications makes it vital for stakeholders to demand greater
confidence in the reliability, accuracy, integrity and security of IVUs,” said TCA
Chief Executive Officer, Chris Koniditsiotis.  Read Full Release


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C-ITS on Today Tonight

Broadcasted on Today Tonight Monday 19th May 2014



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New South Wales’ CITI project

New South Wales’ CITI project which deploys cooperative intelligent transport systems for heavy vehicles was featured on Channel 7 News in Sydney. See the video at:

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TCA to Support Reforms Being Led by the Victorian Taxi Services Commission (TSC)

Media Release from Transport Certification Australia

TCA today announced that it is working with the TSC to support the implementation of its In-Taxi Technology Reform Program.

“The TSC is rolling out a range of reforms that will transform the industry and it’s pleasing to see reforms, especially those based on introducing new technologies,  beginning to take shape,” said TSC Chairperson, Graeme Samuel AC.     Read Full Press Release

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Transport For NSW Speed Adviser

Yesterday Transport For NSW pushed the launch button on the Android version of Speed Adviser.

The iphone version was released in early February.

Speed Adviser is an Advisory Intelligent Speed Adaptation System which research has shown could reduce the risk of being involved in a fatal crash by 19%.

The NSW Government is the first Government in the world to have released its own ISA application, even the Swedish Road Authority has not managed to do this.

A few facts on the app and its development:

  • The largest trial in the world of Advisory ISA at the time was completed by CRS between 2009 and 2010.
  • Trial drivers covered more than 1.9 million km during the test period and we recorded more than 7.6 million speed compliance records for analysis.
  • Initial results from the trial showed that participants reduced the proportion of time they spent speeding by 89%.
  • Independently analysed data from the trial conducted by the University of Adelaide’s Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR) estimated that if advisory ISA technology was fitted to all cars then serious crashes and fatal crashes could both be reduced by about 19 per cent Australia wide, which represents about 200 lives per year.
  • The initial ISA device trialled in 2009 cost $1,500 to install.
  • The iphone and android applications are free to anyone who would like to download it.
  • More than 225,000 km of road network were mapped to provide the speed limit data for the Apps ( almost 6 times the circumference of the earth or equal to just over half the distance to the moon)
  • The App has a two year calendar of school term dates so that the app can remind you when school goes back at school zones are active again
  • The App knows sunset and sunrise times and automatically dims on sunset to reduce glare to the driver.
  • More than 43,6000 people have downloaded the iphone version of the application.

I invite you to download Speed Adviser and also encourage friends and family to do the same if you are travelling through NSW this Easter.

The App only works in NSW at this stage.

The Speed Adviser App is available on: Google Play and IPhone users on iTunes

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3 April 2014


TCA today released its new Strategic Plan, which responds to the growing use of telematics
and related intelligent technologies – including Co-operative ITS (C-ITS) applications – by
governments as enablers for reform.

As a national government body, the Plan recognises TCA as a ‘cross-cutting’ organisation,
with functions that transcend policy streams, surface transport modes and government

The Chairperson of TCA, Stephen Golding, said “TCA’s role is to provide assurance to
governments in the use of telematics and related intelligent technologies, including C-ITS
applications, to deliver improved surface transport productivity, safety and efficiency

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