Awards Presentation Night Dinner

21 November 2019, Adelaide

Hosted by ITS Australia, the National ITS Awards are a celebration of excellence in the Intelligent Transport Systems industry. Now in its milestone 10th year, and reflecting the growing influence of ITS across transport technology, ITS Australia once again received a record number of nominations across all categories showcasing the increased strength and profile of the Intelligent Transport Systems industry in Australia and reinforcing Australian ITS capability and its position as a world leader in ITS.

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ITS Australia congratulates the 2019 ITS Australia National Awards recipients.


BusBot – An On-Demand, Shared Automated Vehicle Pilot for Regional Public Transport

BusBot is the first Australian study of driverless buses in regional communities that is gaining international interest and proving a use-case providing real value to the elderly. Project development, safety assurance and operation were successfully delivered, developing a sustainable business model and blueprint which can be scaled to multiple operations around the country to accelerate the safe introduction of AVs onto Australian roads. The technical capabilities were proven through three-phases of increasing complexity, passing all safety tests and providing evidence to show AVs do have potential for regional Australian transport.

Cooperative and Highly Automated Driving (CHAD) Pilot’s Connected and Automated Vehicle (ZOE2)

The CHAD pilot delivered a prototype Level 4 Cooperative and Automated Vehicle (CAV) known as ZOE2 and was undertaken to overcome barriers to the safe and successful introduction of driverless vehicles to Australia, such as Australian Design Rules compliance. It is a unique research vehicle allowing for direct access to all automation systems data for analysis and review, providing a unique opportunity for research organisations and road operators to access this raw data, allowing researchers to design, implement and test new types of Human Machine Interface to improve safety and user acceptance of this disruptive technology.


Cross Boundary Incident Management through Multi-Party Managed Motorway Control System Centre-To-Centre (C2C) Interface

An integrated network management approach which allows the State and Private Road Operator to implement or further enhance the interface between control systems to include or expand device type control and automation of system responses to predefined scenarios (such as tunnel closures) or certain road sections of the freeway/tollway triggering actions (such as ramp closure and dynamic speed changes) according to traffic conditions across the State and Private Road Operator road sections. This C2C interface in control mode allows both the State and Private Road Operator to directly control each other’s devices through system to system integration leading to improved responses times to incident management which can be performed by either party.


Uber’s Mobility as a Service (MaaS) Innovation in Partnership with Transport for NSW

Uber has launched two innovative products in Sydney that will have a significant impact on public transport networks, with clear potential to be expanded across Australia. FerryConnect provides an affordable, flat-fare Uber Pool between the Manly ferry wharf and surrounding suburbs. Uber has delivered a scalable and efficient MaaS service that tests how Uber can use its technology to facilitate multi-modal journeys and encourages greater public transport uptake. Secondly, Journey Planning integrates Sydney’s public transport into the Uber app, allowing Uber users to plan and map their trip, as well as compare the cost and duration of public transport with Uber product in real-time. Sydney is the fourth city in the world to gain access to this technology.


VRAV: Augmented On-Road Driving Simulator for Autonomous Vehicles Using Virtual Reality

On-road testing of autonomous vehicles presents numerous problems. Simulation offers a potential means to test drivers’ responses to unsafe driving conditions. One promising method, referred to as Wizard-of-Oz, places the participant in a real vehicle driving on public roads by a trained driver who is hidden out-of-view. Nonetheless the participant is unable to actively engage in the driving task or take over the control of the car if necessary. A team at Monash University has developed a Virtual Reality Autonomous Vehicle (VRAV) that tackles this gap. The VRAV incorporates virtual reality technology into the Wizard-of-Oz driving simulation, to provide a simple and inexpensive way to test human behaviour and their interactions with the AV in a naturalistic driving condition providing a valuable research tool for automotive industries, research institutions, transportation companies and government agencies who deal with AV technologies and its deployment.


Doctoral Candidate and Research Analyst – Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies, University of Sydney Business School

For demonstrating passion and dedication to the ITS industry as a young professional.


Brian Smith is the 2019 Max Lay Lifetime Award Recipient

The ITS Australia Board of Directors are pleased to recognise and congratulate Brian Smith as the 2019 Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Intelematics veteran Brian Smith has been recognised for his integral role in the advancement of Australian navigation technology by receiving the highest accolade by ITS Australia, the Max Lay Lifetime Achievement Award. The globally recognised award celebrates the achievements of leaders in the transport industry and ITS. Brian has had a distinguished career – in 1995 he played a leading role in developing the first digital navigation map in Australia, then in 2000 Brian led the development of technology that combined mapping data with telephone directory data. This made it possible for commuters to search for specific locations like the nearest café or petrol station which is still a popular function today. Brian will be formally honored at the Awards Presentation Night Dinner on 21 November 2019 in Adelaide. Read more. . .

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The Awards Presentation Night Dinner was held at Adelaide’s premium sporting venue, Adelaide Oval.

Venue: Ian McLachlan Room – Adelaide Oval, War Memorial Drive, North Adelaide SA 5006
Date: Thursday 21 November 2019
Time: 6.30pm – 11.00pm
Dress: Semi-Formal / Cocktail


For media accreditation, award recipient interview and editorial opportunities:
Matt Harrison, ITS Australia Communications Manager
M. +61 400 787 116   |   [email protected]

ITS Australia 2019 Awards Book

ITS Australia 2019 Awards Book

A selection of nominations are published in the ITS Australia 2019 Awards Book to be showcased at all ITS Australia national and international events throughout 2020.

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