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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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Experience the future of transport in Victoria

29 March 2018
Experience the future of transport in Victoria

Victorians are lining up to book their place on the state’s first autonomous shuttle bus at La Trobe University.

More than 600 students, staff and members of the public from Melbourne’s north and beyond have already expressed interest in joining the Autonobus trial as it moves into a new phase of testing.

Director of La Trobe’s Centre for Technology Infusion Professor Ani Desai said the time had come for Autonobus to open its doors to passengers.

“We are excited to be offering Victorians a unique opportunity to step into the future and experience first-hand world-leading driverless technology,” Professor Desai said.

“The public’s participation is essential. The success of all new technologies stands or falls with the end user adoption. That is why we are inviting anyone, not only the technology enthusiasts, to come and give us feedback. This feedback will help shape the future of transport in Victoria.

Jonathan Myers, Head of Growth, Innovation and Partnerships at Keolis Downer, said the research team had conducted four months of extensive research on Autonobus to test technical and safety aspects of the bus.

“Since November, Autonobus has travelled hundreds of hours on a set route along Science Drive at La Trobe’s Bundoora campus for testing purposes ensuring passengers safety,” Mr Myers said.

“The aim is to gain a better understanding of how autonomous vehicles can be integrated into the existing public transport system to connect passengers to a transport hub – a concept known as first to last mile connectivity.

Partly funded by the Victorian Government Smarter Journeys Program, the project brings together the private sector, academia and Victoria’s largest member organisation. It is a collaboration between VicRoads, Keolis Downer, La Trobe University, HMI Technologies, RACV and ARRB.

“We are committed to developing technologies which deliver a safer, more efficient and sustainable transport future and electric self-driving vehicles have amazing potential in that regard,” CEO of HMI Technologies Dean Zabrieszach said.

The La Trobe Autonobus trial rides will start on 23rd April 2018. Would you like to take part in the trial? Register your interest at the Autonobus website.

Media Contact – Anastasia Salamastrakis 0428 195 464

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Cubic Wins Transport Supplier of the Year Award at London Transport Awards 2018

Cubic Transportation Systems celebrates 30-plus-year relationship with Transport for London with award win

SAN DIEGO – March 13, 2018 – Cubic Corporation (NYSE:CUB) today announced its business division Cubic Transportation Systems (CTS) won the “Transport Supplier of the Year” award at the London Transport Awards for its relationship with Transport for London (TfL).

The awards are run in association with Transport Times and supported by organizations including London Councils, London Travel Watch and London First. The independent judging panel aim to recognize excellence in transport and reward innovation and progress for transport initiatives in the city. The award ceremony took place at the Park Plaza Riverbank, London, on March 1.

Cubic and TfL have enjoyed one of the longest supplier relationships in the United Kingdom, spanning over three decades. Both companies have been continually paving the way for ground-breaking transport solutions that have helped keep millions of people in the city on the move each year.

“We are delighted for Cubic to be recognized through the Supplier of the Year Award.” Our work with Cubic to deliver Oyster and contactless ticketing has completely changed the way people pay for travel in London – making it easier and more convenient. I look forward to continuing working closely with CTS to further improve the customer experience of traveling in London,” said Shashi Verma, chief technology officer for TfL.

We’re extremely proud and honored to receive this award. It speaks volumes about our performance and work with TfL,” said Roger Crow, executive vice president and managing director of Europe, Cubic Transportation Systems. “We’re committed to working closely with our customers to understand what they require, so that the technology we provide delivers value not only for them but also for their customers.”

For more information about Cubic, please visit the company’s website at 

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Government moves to improve vehicle safety and better protect the community


07 February 2018

The Turnbull Government has today introduced to Parliament a package of legislation that will modernise and strengthen the laws governing road vehicles when first supplied to the Australian market.

The Road Vehicle Standards Bills are designed to maintain and improve vehicle safety while expanding consumer choice and reducing red tape.

This legislation will replace the existing Motor Vehicle Standards Act which has been in place for nearly thirty years and was written at a time when much of today’s vehicle technology was not available.

The new legislation, to come into effect from 2019, will provide a modern, strong regulatory platform for vehicle standards that will better protect the community, provide more choice for specialist and enthusiast vehicles and be responsive to emerging technologies.

These reforms will save businesses more than $68 million a year in regulatory compliance costs—a significant saving on annual regulatory costs under the current framework which stand at around $250 million per year.

It will provide increased consumer choice through expanding and improving the pathways for importing specialist and enthusiast vehicles—including performance, low emissions, and mobility access vehicles.

The Bills will also give the responsible Minister strong powers to mandate the recall of vehicles if serious safety issues arise. The powers will apply to all road vehicles supplied in Australia, whether for private or commercial use, providing the Commonwealth Government with the necessary powers to uphold our national safety standards.

This legislative package is the most important set of changes to the Australian Government’s regulation of motor vehicles in almost three decades which is why we have taken the time to consult on the details with interested stakeholders, including the automotive sector and consumers, prior to the Bills being introduced.

The Turnbull Government released exposure drafts of the legislation in December and stakeholders have been asked to provide feedback by mid-February. The House of Representatives will proceed to a second reading debate on the legislation only after the consultation period has closed.

The Road Vehicle Standards package of Bills and information on the consultation process can be found at

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