Category: Industry News


Eastlink tunnels lead the way with ‘ventilation on demand’

EastLink is one of the first toll roads in the world to upgrade its tunnel ventilation system to dynamic ventilation on demand with partial portal emission. This upgrade has slashed the ventilation system’s electricity usage, reduced GHG emissions, and halved the audible noise from the ventilation system.

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Cubic Executive Matt Cole Named MaaS Influencer of the Year by BMaaS Awards

SAN DIEGO – Aug. 1, 2018– Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB) today announced that Matt Cole, senior vice president and president of its Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) business division, was named “MaaS Influencer of the Year” by the BMaaS Awards. Hosted by, the awards recognize key companies, individuals and initiatives that are helping to improve and innovate the adoption of Mobility as a Service in the business sector.

“I’m incredibly honored by the award which I accept on behalf of my entire team at CTS. Over the last year, my goal has been to accelerate the MaaS evolution and set clear objectives for responsible, people-centered and socially inclusive MaaS,” said Cole. “Being recognized as a top industry influencer in this area will allow me to drive this idea further and in particular, encourage real industry discussion about the importance of the role of public transit agencies in the future of mobility.”

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Infrastructure Australia : New Benchmark set for Project Transparency and Accountability

24 July 2018

New guidelines to drive greater transparency and accountability in infrastructure decision-making and reduce instances of major projects receiving funding before appropriate planning and assessment have been released today by Infrastructure Australia, the nation’s independent infrastructure advisor.

Developed by Infrastructure Australia out of a recommendation in the 2016 Australian Infrastructure Plan, the Infrastructure Decision-making Principles are designed to ensure major public infrastructure investments deliver the best outcomes for the community and the best value for taxpayers.

“The Australian Infrastructure Plan acknowledged that Australia’s governments and the community would benefit from a set of clear principles to provide a benchmark for high-quality infrastructure decision making,” said Infrastructure Australia Chief Executive, Philip Davies.

“While the Infrastructure Priority List has helped create a credible pipeline of future infrastructure investments, too often we are still seeing instances of projects being committed to before a business case has been prepared, a full set of options have been considered, and rigorous analysis of a potential project’s benefits and costs has been undertaken.

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Cubic selected to provide Queensland’s new Ticketing System

ITS Australia member, Cubic Transportation Systems has been awarded the contract to design, build and operate the new ticketing system as part of Queensland’s $371 million investment in ticketing.

“Cubic will be responsible for upgrading the current system to incorporate some of the world’s most advanced ticketing technologies including contactless payment, and next generation real time passenger information.  Operation and maintenance of the system are also included in the agreement. The new system will enable Queensland commuters to use bankcards, mobile phones and personal electronic devices including watches to pay for travel on public transport.”

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The Hon. Mark Bailey, MP – Minister for Transport and Main Roads (QLD), also made the following announcement:

“The Palaszczuk Government is modernising transport across the Sunshine State, and will soon roll out a new system where commuters will be able to use their contactless debit or credit cards, smart phones and smart watches to pay for trips in addition to go card and paper tickets, with $371.1 million committed in this year’s budget.

Importantly, regional Queensland will not be left behind, with current go card operator Cubic, due to deliver the new system in 18 regional areas, as well as the metropolitan south east, after being selected as the successful tenderer following a competitive global procurement process.

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Palaszczuk Government had allocated $371.1 million to roll out the system including new readers, quicker fare gates and system equipment, an updated app platform, real-time and new ticketing equipment on urban buses.

“The new ticketing system is an exciting chance to expand our ticketing options and to give public transport customers more flexibility, and in this year alone we have allocated nearly $90 million to get this project underway,” he said.

“I am very excited about this project, and to be able to announce the successful proponent – Cubic – today.””

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Contract for Victorian Intelligent Transport Systems awarded

The eight-year Victorian Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) contract has been awarded to Lendlease, with the opportunity for two extensions.

Lendlease will manage and maintain Victoria’s roadside technologies, including electronic message signs, vehicle detection loops, tidal flow systems, traffic lights, CCTV cameras and variable speed limit signs.

The systems monitor and control the flow of traffic to inform motorists and improve safety. ITS also provides consistent travel times, improve communications with drivers about speed and lane availability and changed traffic conditions.

The scope of works also includes upgrading VicRoads ITS and communications network and the provision of a Network Operations Centre.

“We look forward to collaborating with VicRoads on best practice ITS asset maintenance to deliver a safe, efficient and high-quality road network for customers in Victoria,” Lendlease General Manager of Transport Infrastructure Eckart Schlotfeldt said.

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Minister for Innovation and Tourism Industry Development and Minister for the Commonwealth Games
The Honourable Kate Jones

Minister for Transport and Main Roads
The Honourable Mark Bailey

Brisbane announced as host of the 17th Asia Pacific ITS Forum in 2020

Brisbane is further cementing its reputation as Australia’s new world city, after being selected to host the 17th Intelligent Transport Systems Asia Pacific Forum in May 2020 (ITSAP2020).

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said it was an honour for Queensland to be selected as the 2020 host location, with the announcement made during the recent ITS Asia Pacific Forum held in Fukuoka, Japan.

“Queensland is at the forefront of developing and deploying ITS technologies, particularly in the area of cooperative and automated vehicles, and I am delighted the forum will be held in Brisbane in 2020,” Mr. Bailey said.

“It is an exciting era for ITS and the ITS Asia Pacific Forum provides an opportunity to bring the industry together to share how far we have come, and prepare for the journey ahead.

“As the location for the largest trial of Cooperative-ITS in Australia, with public deployment due in late 2019, the best way to understand how we do ITS in Queensland is to come experience it for yourself.”

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Infrastructure Victoria: Advice on automated and zero emission vehicle infrastructure

The Victorian Government has requested Infrastructure Victoria provide advice on the infrastructure required to enable the implementation of automated and zero emissions vehicles in Victoria.

Infrastructure Victoria has released a report outlining future scenarios for automated and zero emissions vehicles in Victoria.

The report outlines a series of future scenarios to help us test some of the uncertainties Victoria is facing. The seven possible scenarios that have been identified are:

  1. Electric avenue, a world where all cars are electric
  2. Private drive, a world where your car drives you
  3. Fleet-street, a world where no one owns their own car
  4. Hydrogen highway, a world where trucks lead a hydrogen revolution
  5. Slow lane, a world where man and machine meet on the road
  6. High speed, a world where driverless and electric cars arrive much sooner than we expect
  7. Dead end, a world where the hype never happened

Work is now underway to analyse and understand factors such as how and where we would charge or refuel our cars, or what kind of transport and ICT infrastructure might be required under each scenario.

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Largest global deal for the supply of Autonomous Shuttles with NZ Company

Largest global deal for the supply of Autonomous Shuttles with NZ Company

New Zealand company Ohmio Automotion Ltd (a subsidiary of the HMI Group) signed an agreement to supply 150 Ohmio autonomous shuttles to the Korean company, Southwest Coast Enterprise City Development Co Ltd (SolaSeaDo).

The agreement was signed by Mohammed Hikmet, the founder of HMI Group and its’ subsidiary, Ohmio Automotion Ltd, and SolaSeaDo President Yoon, Jin Bo. SolaSeaDo is in the advanced stages of securing a contract to build a large scale smart city in Korea and will know later this year if it has secured the contract for this development.

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Retina Visions – Bringing AI and Computer Vision to Transport

Retina Visions – Bringing AI and Computer Vision to Transport
Retina Visions is a Brisbane based small business, focussed on providing road asset data collection and management services to road authorities through the use of computer vision and machine learning. With a goal to digitise the world, Retina Visions is starting with the road network and is offering low-cost, small-scale trials to governments, councils and private organisations within Australia. For more information, go to the website or get in touch at [email protected].

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World-first Cohda system beats GPS blackspots

Australia’s Connected Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) global technology leader Cohda Wireless has released a world-first vehicle positioning system to eliminate GPS blackspots that exist in “Urban Canyons” between high-rise buildings.

Using Cohda’s expertise in developing collision avoidance systems for mines, the vehicle-based system, V2X-Locate, can identify vehicle position to sub-metre accuracy in environments that degrade GPS accuracy, such as tunnels, underground carparks and between high-rise buildings. As well as enhancing current connected vehicles, V2X-Locate delivers a critical component for Connected Autonomous Vehicles, which will require uninterrupted positioning data to safely navigate on roads.

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