Australia’s Federal Government has announced a AU$55 million (approx £35 million) investment in a new intelligent transport cooperative research centre.
The iMOVE CRC project is a consortium whose members include ITS Australia, plus industry, state road authorities, federal and state government departments and industry associations.
Last week, ITS Australia released an in-depth review of the Australian ITS industry, identifying short, medium and long term opportunities to make journeys safer, more efficient and sustainable. The Smart Transport for Australia Report features input from local and international thought-leaders and has a specific focus on key industry themes and Australian considerations.
ITS Australia CEO, Susan Harris says the iMOVE CRC announcement highlights Australia’s desire to enhance technology to improve the liveability of our cities and communities, “Australia is a global leader in transport technology and the local industry is further strengthened by the Federal Government’s support for the research centre.
“It is important to keep the impetus going from the 23rd World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems and already in 2017 we have seen a significant Report identifying opportunities for governments, business, researchers and start-ups. Now the establishment of a national research and development centre will continue the momentum to support the delivery of transformative transport for Australia.
“Australia has the collective skills and experience to continue to drive innovation and initiatives to improve connectivity and mobility,” Ms Harris said.
More than 11,500 delegates from over 70 countries attended the 2016 ITS World Congress in Melbourne. It was the largest international association congress held in Australia last year and benefited the economy by $25 million.
Bid leader, Ian Christensen says the centre is ready to tackle the task of improving Australia’s transport system by harnessing skills and technology, “Efficiency of movement for people and goods is key to productivity and prosperity and the digital revolution creates opportunities to utilise big data analytics and rapidly advancing technology to address complex public, private and freight transport.
“We are confident that with the support of the Federal Government, consortium partners and industry, iMOVE CRC will deliver world class research for the benefit of all transport users,” he added.