by Susan Harris, ITS Australia, Chief Executive

Transport in Australia is transforming at a rapid rate and so is the transport technology industry. Innovations and new initiatives are creating new opportunities for business, governments and researchers. ITS Australia has identified more than 40 opportunities for growth in its report Smart Transport for Australia.

Our report provides examples of initiatives and opportunities for the future development and deployment of intelligent transport systems (ITS). Respected Australian and international ITS leaders contributed to the report which leverages off the 23rd ITS World Congress, Melbourne – Australia’s largest international association conference of 2016 – and benefits the economy by $46.6 million.

Findings from the report will be presented at the Australian Intelligent Transport Systems Summit, 27-28 September 2017 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Brisbane Summit is an industry event, for the industry, themed ‘Transforming Transport’.

International keynote speakers will present global perspectives, and Australian insights will be provided by the local ITS industry. The Summit’s key themes are:

  • Connected and Automated Vehicles
  • Mobility as a Service and Big Data
  • Transport for Smart Cities

The Brisbane Summit will also introduce Australian Innovators – a dedicated session to cutting-edge thinkers. Aligned industries and future initiatives, including solar vehicles, spatial gamification, driverless shuttle buses, and the Southern Hemisphere’s only hyperloop project, will have a platform.

In addition to the high level program, attendees will also enjoy the welcome reception, networking, exhibitions, and technical tours.

ITS Australia President, Brian Negus, said the theme, ‘Transforming Transport’, reflects the rapid rate of development and deployment of transport technology in Australia.

“The Intelligent Transport Systems industry has never been stronger and increasingly plays a vital role in the safety, efficiency and sustainability of freight and people movements.

“Australia is a global leader in ITS and the Brisbane Summit is an opportunity to explore innovations, initiatives and collaborations to improve our liveability in cities and communities, both in Australia and internationally.”

The Australian ITS industry continues to enjoy a positive transformation following the hosting of last year’s World Congress. We continue to leverage off the Congress momentum and provide opportunities for the industry to grow. One strong indicator is that ITS Australia membership has increased and we are experiencing record attendances at our events.

With the landscape transforming so quickly and new opportunities becoming available, it is important industry keeps up with change.

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