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RA workshop establishes a 25 year road map for ITS in Australia

Above and below right....workshop participants chart a way forward for ITS in Australia.

More than 160 transport executives came together in Brisbane in July for Roads Australia's policy workshop on Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS).

Hosted by the Queensland University of Technology, with the joint support of Queensland Transport and Main Roads, the RA workshop engaged participants in drafting an ITS road map for the next 25 years.

Underscoring the road map was an acknowledgement that today’s policy framework needed to evolve with technological innovation. To that end, it was vital that industry worked alongside government and researchers to help unravel the expected complexities surrounding the adoption of C-ITS in Australia.

Workshop participants also identified the need to come up with the right value proposition to ensure community 'buy-in'.

The introduction of trials was seen as a positive way to communicate the benefits. At the same time, further investment in research and innovation would assist the Australian market to grow its ITS capabilities and spawn new economic opportunities. 

Queensland University of Technology used the workshop as an opportunity to showcase the latest in research and intelligence, while ITS Australia urged the local industry to demonstrate its world class capabilities at the upcoming 2016 ITS World Congress.

A report of the workshop outcomes and actions is due out mid-August.


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