Australia - Smart and Connected Transport


Smart transport systems, or intelligent transport systems, encompass a range of wireless and wired communications-based information technologies that can be integrated into transportation infrastructure and vehicles.

Current intelligent transport systems technologies use dedicated short-range communications to transfer data over short distances between in-vehicle mobile radio units and roadside units – that is, fixed point-to-point services. Arrangements to facilitate the use of intelligent transport systems have been developed internationally in the 5850-5925MHz band (the 5.9GHz band). However ACMA still classified this as a medium priority for finalisation, and waiting on international standards has made progress fairly slow.

Progress in the sector has been rather slow and new developments are coming from others wanting a share of the new activities. A large number of smartphone apps are now available for drivers to optimise their trips, become more energy-efficient. Car manufacturers are also using the connected car platform as a possibility for autonomous driving services that can be offered to the marketplace.

A range of other apps are being made available in the context of the sharing economy.

Smart infrastructure is also looked at in the context of the national broadband network (NBN), the aim of which is to supply the basic telecommunication infrastructure for a range of sectors, including transport. Special access is provided for utilities in the NBN Bill. Smart transport systems may be able to reduce the carbon footprint and energy use across many of the transport industries while, at the same time, lowering GHG emissions. The government of the time also announced its Managed Motorways project. However more government leadership is needed to push smart transport deeper into the market.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Toyota, University of Wollongong, University of Sydney, RailCorp, Ergon Energy, CityLink, epay, miky, Oyster, Mitsubishi Motor Corporation, SP AusNet, GM Volt, Better Place, Portus, ChargePoint, Downer EDI, Cohda Wireless, Opal Smartcard, CellOPark, Divvy, Uber, AirBnB

Technologies mentioned in this report:

electric (EV), smart cars, Plug-in Electric Vehicles (PHEV), Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V), dedicated short-range communications (DSRC), Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), Vehicle to Grid (V2G), automatic train protection (ATP), smart card ticketing, C-ITS, TMC, NBN, ITS-A, vehicle-to-external communications (V2X)

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. What are intelligent transport systems (ITS)?
    • 2.1 Background information
    • 2.2 Overview of ITS activities
  • 3. National Transport Commission
  • 4. ITS Australia
    • 4.1 Overview
    • 4.2 ACMA drafts 5.9 GHz licence for intelligent transport systems
    • 4.3 US co-operation on next generation transport infrastructure
    • 4.4 Assessment - 2015
    • 4.5 ITS world congress - 2016
    • 4.6 Outcomes of ITS Summit – 2009 - Historic
    • 4.7 Government Inquiry - 2002 - Historic
  • 5. Infrastructure
    • 5.1 Smart roads in NSW
    • 5.2 Wireless connectivity to promote road safety
    • 5.3 Managed Motorways
      • 5.3.1 IoT and autonomous cars
    • 5.4 Regulatory options for automated vehicles
    • 5.5 e-Tags
  • 6. Private Cars
    • 6.1 Autonomous driving
    • 6.2 Connected Cars
    • 6.3 Policies for driverless car road rules
    • 6.4 Driverless SUV trial in Adelaide
    • 6.5 Digital driver’s licences
    • 6.6 DriveMyCar - Peer-to-peer rental
  • 7. Smart Parking
    • 7.1 Introduction
    • 7.2 The need for smart parking
      • 7.2.1 Smart Parking - CellOPark
      • 7.2.2 Divvy
      • 7.2.3 GoGet – Divvy partnership
  • 8. Smart Road Freight Transport
    • 8.1 Connected vehicle trial in NSW
    • 8.2 National telematics strategy for road freight industry
    • 8.3 Electronic Transport Diaries
  • 9. Smart Trains
    • 9.1 Autonomous trains
    • 9.2 Automatic Train Protection
    • 9.3 Australian digital train control system
  • 10. Other Public Transport
    • 10.1 Open real-time transport for NSW
    • 10.2 Digital Radar led to WiFi for passenger Ferry
    • 10.3 Myki smart transport Victoria
    • 10.4 Opal smartcard for Sydney Transport
  • 11. Transformation of the taxi business
    • 11.1 Breaking the taxi monopoly
    • 11.2 Victoria First to open up the taxi market
    • 11.3 ACCC forces changes to Cabcharge
    • 11.4 ihail taxi booking app
    • 11.5 Further market reforms are under way
      • 11.5.1 Victoria
      • 11.5.2 NSW
    • 11.6 Key Players
      • 11.6.1 goCatch
      • 11.6.2 Ingogo for taxi drivers
      • 11.6.3 Uber
    • 11.7 Ticktoc - taxi app
  • 12. Dedicated short-range communications (DSRC)
    • 12.1 Overview of latest developments
    • 12.2 Regulatory framework
  • 13. Research and Development
    • 13.1 The SMART Infrastructure Facility
      • 13.1.1 Overview of SMART
      • 13.1.2 RailNet- Constraint Modelling of Railway System
      • 13.1.3 Transmob: a micro-simulation model for integrated transport and urban planning
    • 13.2 Cohda Wireless
    • 13.3 Australian Road Research Board
  • 14. Smart transport and the National Broadband Network (NBN)
    • 14.1 NBN access for smart utility services
    • 14.2 Trans-sector approach to NBN
    • 14.3 Government’s smart infrastructure initiative
    • 14.4 Traffic lights and alarm system go M2M over the NBN
  • 15. Electric Vehicles (Separate Report)
  • 16. Other reports
  • Table 1 - Parking survey the Netherlands August 2015
  • Table 2 - State based parking statistics 2014
  • Exhibit 1 - Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS)
  • Exhibit 2 - Noise monitoring in Melbourne

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