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Research into future land transport technologies and their potential benefits

Quantifying the benefits of future land transport technologies

The Office of Future Transport Technology is working with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, Transport for NSW and Austroads on a project examining strategies to support Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) deployment models, including their current and future capability to deliver beneficial outcomes for Australians (including safety, productivity and mobility). Project outcomes will include findings for consideration by Australian governments on key actions, strategies and policies to facilitate the deployment of C-ITS. Findings from the project, due early 2022, will help inform future government policy and investment pathways.

Austroads has undertaken research to understand the safety benefits of Cooperative ITS and Automated Driving in Australia and New Zealand. The study found that the technologies are predicted to have significant potential to reduce road crash risk and injury consequences.

Similarly, the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads is conducting a Cooperative and Highly Automated Driving Safety Study as part of its Connected and Automated Vehicle Initiative, to better understand safety challenges posed by connected and automated vehicles, which will inform government policy and direction.

Monitoring of trials

Trials of future land transport technologies help us to better understand how they operate in practice, providing valuable information for future approaches to policy, regulation, investment and operations. The Office of Future Transport Technology is monitoring the progress of trials and demonstrations taking place across Australia. A list of all trials is available on the Austroads website.

Organisations who wish to run trials of connected and automated vehicles need permission to do so from relevant state, territory and Commonwealth government agencies. The National Transport Commission and Austroads have developed guidelines for trials of automated vehicles in Australia, which support nationally consistent and safe trials of automated vehicles on Australian roads.

Trialling telematics technologies for heavy vehicles

The Department is currently trialling telematics technologies as a potential option for direct road user charging through the National Heavy Vehicle Charging Pilot. Telematics technologies are currently used to provide real-time data on location and can monitor vehicle and operator performance, compliance and systems diagnostics. These technologies can help facilitate truck fleet optimisation, track vehicle performance, and provide infrastructure planners data to better inform understanding of transport networks.