U.S. Department of Transportation Announces Decision to Move Forward with Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communication Technology for Light Vehicles
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced today that it will begin taking steps to enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology for light vehicles. This technology would improve safety by allowing vehicles to “talk” to each other and ultimately avoid many crashes altogether by exchanging basic safety data, such as speed and position, ten times per second. Read More
AWARD IN SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
November, 2013 // M5 West Widening Project, Sydney, NSW
SICE has been awarded a specialist sub-contract package for the Operation and Management Control System (OMCS) to be delivered for the M5 West Widening Project.
The $400 million project involves the widening of 22km of the M5 South West Motorway in Sydney from two to three lanes in each direction between Camden Valley Way at Prestons and King Georges Road at Beverly Hills and is predicted to increase capacity on the busy route by up to 50%.
Lend Lease, the construction company that was awarded a design and construct contract by Interlink Roads as the principal contractor for the works, has appointed SICE Pty Ltd as the preferred supplier for the OMCS after a competitive tendering process. The Scope of Works includes the design, supply, installation, system integration, testing and commissioning of an OMCS for the project, comprising the following subsystems:
- Traffic Management and Control System (TMCS)
- Closed Circuit Television System
- Communication Network
The final solution will be fully integrated with Roads and Maritime Services existing control centre in Sydney.
This project, together with the Waterview Project in Auckland (NZ) and the T2E in Australia positions SICE as a top player in the freeway management, M&E and Tunnel Control sectors in Australasia, and consolidates SICE long-term commitment to projects in Australia.
Ricardo to lead vehicle platooning study for DfT
The Department for Transport (DfT) has commissioned research to understand how platooning technology, which enables road vehicles to move as a group, might benefit UK business, the transport network, road safety and the environment. Ricardo will lead a consortium comprising TRL (Transport Research Laboratory), Ricardo AEA and Transport & Travel Research (TTR). The feasibility study will investigate the issues faced by legislators, haulage companies, drivers of the vehicles in the platoon, trunk road network operators and other road users, to establish whether a road trial of a heavy goods vehicle platoon should be considered.
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Holden has announced it will stop producing vehicles in Australia after 65 years.
December 11, 2013
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This week the NTC released Developing a Compliance Framework for Heavy Vehicle Telematics, a discussion paper that identifies and discusses opportunities to improve heavy vehicle safety, productivity and regulatory compliance through the development of a compliance framework for telematics. The aim of the proposed framework is to facilitate the uptake of telematics, including telematics with compliance features, by providing a nationally consistent treatment of telematics information for compliance and enforcement purposes and by seeking to resolve outstanding policy issues, including the treatment of small breaches, privacy and equity. The paper draws on international standards to develop a common data set to enable telematics systems to be utilised for both commercial and compliance purposes. It also identifies opportunities to improve responsive regulation, roadside enforcement, audit-based schemes, safety management systems, Chain or Responsibility and meta-regulation approaches through the uptake of heavy vehicle telematics.
The discussion paper can be accessed at: http://www.ntc.gov.au/RFCList.aspx?Mode=2004&AreaId=38.
The NTC welcomes your feedback on the discussion paper. Submissions will be accepted until Friday, 7 February 2014 online at www.ntc.gov.au or by mail to:
Att: Compliance and Technology Team
National Transport Commission
L15/628 Bourke Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Additional consultation time has been provided given the timing over the holiday period.
If you have any questions about the consultation process or the discussion paper, please contact:
Senior Policy Analyst – Compliance & Technology
National Transport Commission
T: (03) 9236 5040 | F: (03) 9642 8922
The National Telematics Framework administered by Transport Certification Australia (TCA) continues to gain international attention, with TCA receiving the ITS Asia Pacific Industry Award at the 20th ITS World Congress in Tokyo, Japan, on 14 October 2013.
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(Published by Highway Engineering – October/November 2013 issue)
We are excited to name the first group of cities selected through the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities Challenge — cities that have demonstrated a dedicated commitment to building their own capacities to prepare for, withstand, and bounce back rapidly from future shocks and stresses.
Since we announced the challenge on our 100th birthday, May 14, 2013, the response has been enormous, with more than 1,000 registrations and nearly 400 formal applications from cities around the world.
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ITS Canada Hosts Summit Meeting on Autonomous Vehicles
Takes First Steps in Preparing Canada for Autonomous Vehicles
Ottawa, Ontario, November 25, 2013: ITS Canada is today hosting Canada’s first summit
meeting on autonomous vehicles (AVs). AVs, also called automated, self-driving or driverless
vehicles, refer to any car, truck or bus that is equipped with sensors, control hardware and
software that manage all aspects of the driving function. Read Full Release
Transport Certification Australia (TCA) today announced the release of a Telematics
In-Vehicle Unit (IVU) Functional and Technical Specification which can be referenced for
land-based transport uses. Read Full Release
Cohda Wireless anti-crash demonstration on Channel 9 News