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Government moves to improve vehicle safety and better protect the community

MEDIA RELEASE

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 infrastructure.gov.au/vehicles/mv_standards_act.

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Bosch establishes division for connected mobility services

Bosch establishes division for connected mobility services
Growth Market: Mobility as a Service

  • Bosch CEO Denner: “Connectivity is fundamentally changing how we get from A to B.”
  • New ridesharing business: Bosch acquires U.S. start-up SPLT
  • New city: Madrid welcomes e-scooter sharing
  • World-first: system!e – new services make electromobility suitable for everyday use

Berlin and Stuttgart, Germany – Bosch continues to drive forward its transformation into a provider of mobility services. Its new Connected Mobility Solutions division will bring together over 600 associates to develop and sell digital mobility services. These include vehicle sharing, ridesharing, and connectivity-based services for car drivers. “Connectivity will fundamentally change how we get from A to B, and in the process it will help to solve today’s traffic problems. We are using it to realize our vision of emissions-free, stress-free, and accident-free mobility,” said Dr. Volkmar Denner, chairman of the Bosch board of management, at the Bosch ConnectedWorld 2018 IoT conference in Berlin. Connectivity offers tremendous business potential. By 2025, there will be more than 470 million connected vehicles on the world’s roads (source: PwC). Just four years from now, the market for mobility services and associated digital services will be worth 140 billion euros (source: PwC). “Connected driving is a growth area for Bosch. Bosch aims for significant double-digit growth with the solutions it offers,” Denner said. The plan is for the new division to further extend the existing service portfolio. For instance, mobility services from Bosch send alerts about wrong-way drivers and turn smartphones into car keys. The latest of these is the ridesharing service offered by U.S. start-up Splitting Fares Inc. (SPLT). Denner also presented system!e in Berlin. Connected services for electromobility are set to further increase the suitability of electric driving for the mass market.

Bosch enters the ridesharing business

One growth market in the field of connected mobility is ridesharing, which encompasses online services and apps for carpools as well as for arranging driving services and taxis. By 2022, the number of ridesharing users worldwide is set to rise by 60 percent to 685 million (source: Statista). To date, most such services have been directed at people who happen to be traveling in the same direction or who want to book a trip at the last minute; companies and commuters have been seen as less of a priority. This is precisely where SPLT comes in. Recently acquired by Bosch, this U.S. start-up developed a platform that companies, universities, or municipal authorities can use to arrange ridesharing for their staff. This B2B approach is aimed directly at commuters: the SPLT app brings together people who want to share a ride to the same workplace or place of study. One advantage of this is that rides are shared by colleagues, which means users never have to get in the car with complete strangers. Within seconds, an algorithm locates a suitable rideshare, calculates the fastest route through traffic, and thus assumes what used to be the time-consuming task of coordinating the departure point, departure time, best route, and passengers. Sharing a ride is good for the nerves, for the wallet, and for the environment. Companies can also play a role in reducing traffic volume. “Connectivity is a way for us to rethink not just the car but the whole way we use modes of transport,” Denner said.
Digital services for electric vehicles

Bosch subsidiary COUP has provided e-scooters for rent in Berlin since 2016. After introducing e-scooter sharing to Paris last year, the service will launch in Madrid this year. This will bring the total number of e-scooters to 3,500. “Digital services will give electric driving a boost,” Denner said. At the IoT conference, the Bosch CEO presented system!e, a comprehensive system of connected electrified powertrain components and new service solutions for electric cars. To this end, Bosch has connected the electric drive to the Bosch Automotive Cloud Suite. The company is developing web-based services that rely on this interaction. In the future, intelligent electric cars will know precisely when their power will run out, but also where they can find their next charge.
Eliminating range anxiety: Services that encourage everyday use

For many car buyers, the worry that an electric car might leave them stranded is a deal-breaker. It is precisely this problem that system!e is designed to tackle. Because the electric drive is connected to the cloud, the system can produce an “extended range forecast.” An algorithm factors in vehicle data such as current battery charge, energy consumption of heating or air conditioning, and the driver’s driving style, as well as information from the vehicle’s surroundings. This includes the current traffic situation and topographical data for the route ahead. Based on this information, the system can reliably calculate the vehicle’s precise range. For longer journeys in an electric car, the extended range forecast is supplemented by the “charging assistant.” This service knows where all the charge spots are on a given journey, say from Munich to Hamburg, so it can plan ahead for necessary charging stops; it also manages the payment process. Thanks to additional information about for example restaurants, cafés, and shopping options, drivers can make the most of the charging time and relax. A third service manages vehicle charging in smart homes, helping to optimize how they use energy. It integrates the electric car into the smart home’s electricity grid, meaning the car’s battery supplements the stationary storage device for the house’s photovoltaic system. During the day, the car absorbs excess solar power and feeds it back at night as necessary. “For Bosch, mobility goes beyond the car. Our breadth of technology expertise in numerous fields puts us in an unparalleled position to develop and operate cross-application ecosystems,” Denner said.

4,000 participants, 70 exhibitors, and 140 speakers

Bosch’s IoT activities are broadly diversified, encompassing solutions for connected mobility, connected manufacturing, as well as for connected energy systems and buildings. At the Bosch ConnectedWorld forum for the IoT industry in Berlin, more than 70 exhibitors will demonstrate what is already possible with the internet of things, and how it will improve people’s everyday lives in the future. On a 10,000 square-meter exhibition space at “Station” in Berlin, some 4,000 delegates will meet from February 21 to 22. In addition to the Bosch CEO Dr. Volkmar Denner, the roughly 140 speakers will include: Andrew Bate (Founder of SwamFarm Robotics) and Ros Harvey (Founder of The Yield), both Australian AgTech providers currently partnering with Bosch. At a hackathon, some 700 programmers, start-up associates, and designers will develop new ideas for connected mobility services, automated driving, connected manufacturing and logistics, and connected living. The 2018 Bosch ConnectedWorld will be the fifth event of its kind. It is one of the world’s largest conferences on the internet of things.

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Contact:  Mounir Kiwan
phone +61 3 9541 7924

Bosch has had a presence in Australia since 1907, opening its first wholly owned subsidiary, Robert Bosch (Australia) Pty Ltd in 1954. Bosch generates revenues of more than 850 million Australian dollars per annum in Oceania, and employs over 1400 associates. Our regional activities are operated through six wholly owned subsidiary companies and cover a diverse range of businesses including household appliances, security technology, power tools and accessories, engineering services and contract manufacturing, parts and equipment for automotive workshops and motorsport enthusiasts, franchised car servicing, equipment, services and solutions for manufacturers, drives and control technology, software innovations, agriculture technology projects, hot water and heating systems, packaging technologies, and service support for Bosch equipped eBikes. The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 400,500 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2017). According to preliminary figures, the company generated sales of 78 billion euros in 2017. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. As a leading IoT company, Bosch offers innovative solutions for smart homes, smart cities, connected mobility, and connected industry. It uses its expertise in sensor technology, software, and services, as well as its own IoT cloud, to offer its customers connected, cross-domain solutions from a single source. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to create solutions for a connected life, and to improve quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.” The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing, engineering, and sales network covers nearly every country in the world. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. At 125 locations across the globe, Bosch employs 62,500 associates in research and development. The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as “Workshop for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering.” The special ownership structure of Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

Additional information is available online at www.bosch.com, www.iot.bosch.com,
www.bosch-press.com, www.twitter.com/BoschPresse.

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AustRoads Announcement – Radiocommunications (Intelligent Transport Systems) Class Licence 2017

Advice for Road Authorities and Intelligent Transport Systems Industries

AustRoads have announced that the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has finalised the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) radiocommunications class licence. Links to the ITS class licence, the ACMA’s and Austroads’ media releases, and general information about class licences are provided in the attached release.

For additional information please go to https://www.acma.gov.au/industry/Spectrum/Radiocomms-licensing/Class-licences/class-licences

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National transformation of the Australian spatial sector in full swing

The 2026Agenda is pleased to announce five new members to its Leadership Group. The addition of these members creates a new, diverse and powerful leadership group, directly supporting initiative F4 – promote and develop innovative leadership across all sectors.

Dr Peter Woodgate, co-Chair 2026Agenda, said he was pleased to have garnered such heavy hitters for the leadership group.

“A big part of the 2026Agenda surrounds communicating the breadth and wealth spatial science brings to other industries. During the consultation process, it was acknowledged that our industry can do much more to communicate our and must reach out more,” he said. “Spatial touches on most areas of the economy, especially as technologies advance,” Peter said, “bringing together some of the key leaders from priority growth sectors to help guide and support the 2026Agenda was a must. We are so pleased with the contribution our new members have already made.”

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EASTLINK TUNNELS CLOSED FOR FIRST DEMONSTRATION OF HANDS-FREE DRIVING THROUGH FREEWAY TUNNELS

When Melbourne’s EastLink tunnels were closed for scheduled maintenance overnight Saturday 18 November, EastLink conducted the first demonstration of hands-free driving through freeway tunnels, using the lane keep assist function of a Honda Civic VTi-LX.

The demonstration will be broadcast in a television news report by 7 News Melbourne at 6pm on Monday 4 December.

Hands-free driving is currently not allowed on Victorian roads. Motorists should always drive with at least one hand on the steering wheel at all times. The demonstration was able to include hands-free driving using lane keep assist as it was conducted through the EastLink tunnels when closed to traffic in preparation for scheduled tunnel maintenance activities, and under controlled conditions.

The demonstration was planned to help Victorian motorists gain a better understanding of lane keep assist and other driver assistance functions.

EastLink corporate affairs and marketing manager Doug Spencer-Roy explained, “The demonstration resulted from the Annual Victorian Self-Driving Vehicle Survey conducted recently by EastLink, in which more than half of the 15,000 respondents rated their awareness of self-driving cars as ‘very little’ or ‘none’.”

“EastLink wants to help motorists gain a better understanding of the latest driver assistance functions, and how they will evolve to make self-driving cars possible in the future.”

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Results of the Annual Victorian Self-Driving Vehicle Survey were published by EastLink on 9 October 2017 – click here for details.

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Solid leadership continues as Vice President is elected as President at ITS Australia

Following six years of leadership by Brian Negus as President, ITS Australia has today announced its new President and Board of Directors.

ITS Australia Board Members and Susan Harris, CEO ITS Australia

From today the Board of Directors will be led by Mr Dean Zabrieszach as President, ably supported by Mr Dennis Walsh as Vice President, and Directors, all of whom bring with them a wealth of knowledge from a variety of transport industry backgrounds.

ITS Australia congratulated new and re-elected Board members:

Mr Dale Andrea – VicRoads

Mr Chen Cai – Data61/CSIRO

Mr James Hurnall – Federal Chambers of Automotive Industries

Mr Mark Jackman – Robert Bosch Australia

Mr Jeff McCarthy – Roads and Maritime Services

Mr Brian Negus – RACV

Mr Dean Zabrieszach – HMI Technologies

 

They join ongoing members of the Board:

Mr Bill Advic – Eastlink

Mr Gino Dompetrio – Jacobs Group

Mr Chris Koniditsiotis – Transport Certification Australia Limited

Mr Jeremy Nassau – Transurban

Mr Soren Tellegen – Kapsch (TrafficCom in Australia/New Zealand)

Mr Dirk Van de Meerssche – Cubic

Mr Dennis Walsh – Department of Transport and Main Roads

Mr Michael Watts – Transmax

 

Please read the full release here

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ITS Australia recognises industry stand-outs – congratulations to the winners and nominations

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia tonight celebrated the achievements of the nation’s most innovative and advanced transport technologies and the organisations and individuals involved.

Held at the Art’s Centre, Melbourne, and attended by The Hon Ben Carroll MP, Minister for Industry and Employment, the National Awards recognise professional ITS expertise and raise awareness across all levels of government and community about the benefits of ITS technology to cities and communities, the economy, environment, transportation and everyday lives.

Now in their 8th year, and reflecting the growing influence of ITS across transport technology decision making, ITS Australia received a record number of nominations from a wide variety of organisations for this year’s awards.

Read more ITS Australia National Awards Winners 2017

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ITS leaders meet in Brisbane to discuss the future of transport technology in Australia

Drones and driverless cars were among the hot topics of discussion at the recent Australian Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Summit held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC). Read more

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EastLink identified as an Exempler of Customer Stewardship

At the Australia Infrastructure Dialogue event (Friday 13 October 2017), The University of Sydney John Grill Centre for Project Leadership announced that EastLink is one of “Australia’s Customer Stewardship 2017 Exemplars”. Read more

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EastLink announces results of first annual Victorian self-driving vehicle survey

More than 15,000 Victorian motorists participated in one of the world’s largest surveys of attitudes to self-driving cars, and the results are in!

Self-driving car technologies such as lane keeping assistance are increasingly offered by the latest production cars in Australia. Read more

 

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