Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has released its 2016-17 financial year Annual Report, highlighting how it worked across government portfolios and industry sectors to navigate the disruptive influences of new technologies in the use of telematics and related intelligent technologies.

TCA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Koniditsiotis, said, “Our Annual Report highlights the increasing pace at which technologically-driven changes are influencing public policy deliberations and government decision-making.”

“It also highlights the breadth of activities TCA now performs in relation to telematics and related technologies, and importantly, how we contribute to improved outcomes across policy areas and industry sectors.

“For example, during 2016-17 two new functional and technical specifications were released – which will benefit by multiple road agencies, regulators and end users alike.

“Central to TCA’s purpose is our management of an open technology market. This platform approach not only provides competition and choice for the end user, it provides a standardised approach to data collection, privacy management and security across policy areas and industry sectors.

“During 2016-17 we observed a significant growth in the use of technology applications administered by TCA, and the adoption of in-vehicle technologies.”

Key results include:

  • A 27 per cent annual growth in the number of devices used that meet TCA requirements (or can do so with some amendments)
  • Over 60 approved device ‘types’, ranging from smartphones to advanced in-vehicle telematics systems
  • Seven active applications from technology providers seeking type-approval of devices/systems

The open technology market provides competition and choice to end-users, and continues to drive innovation and cost savings.

“Within the report you will also find a feature on our work we have contributed to the Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) space. This includes leading the International Harmonisation Task Groups in developing connected vehicle security and standards, releasing a discussion paper and hosting an event on this matter. TCA also contributed to work on Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs),” Mr Koniditsiotis said.

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