Benefits of Intelligent Transport Systems
Safety—Road crashes cause suffering and loss of life as well as costing the nation in the order of $27 billion a year. Many collisions occur due to the stop-start nature of traffic in congested areas. ITS technologies can be used to smooth traffic flows and reduce accidents. Information provided through ITS can be used to direct traffic away from accidents and alert emergency services as soon as an incident occurs.
Productivity—Congestion lowers productivity, causes flow-on delays in supply chains and increases the cost of business. ITS can increase productivity by finding innovative ways to increase the capacity of our current infrastructure.
Environmental Performance—ITS that reduce congestion and stop-start driving can also reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by around 30 per cent compared with normal driving conditions.
Governments, private companies and academic researchers are all active in the development of ITS in Australia. ITS Australia is an incorporated, not-for-profit organisation representing members of the ITS industry and also includes government and research organisations. ITS Australia held Summits in 2009 and 2011 and seeks to facilitate the development and deployment of ITS.