Hundreds of local, national and international data, transport, vehicle, and infrastructure businesses are set to converge on the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre to explore initiatives that will determine a pathway towards an accessible and automated future transport network.

The ITS Australia Summit 2022, on 16–18 August, is the largest gathering of ITS professionals for more than three years in Australia. At the Summit, delegates will learn about smart infrastructure projects that are forging the future of global transport.

Speakers from Australia and around the world will explain how next-generation technologies are helping to realise global sustainability goals and helping to create a safer transport future for all.

The Summit program encompasses a broad swath of topics within transport technology, including smart transport infrastructure, connected and automated vehicles, intelligent mobility, transport data, sustainability in transport, equity and accessibility.

The three days of keynote speeches, panels, workshops, exhibitions, and technical tours was last held in 2019. ITS Australia President, Dean Zabrieszach, said he expects high attendance as the industry bounces back from the global pandemic.

“Australia has a reputation for hosting excellent events. Our intelligent transport systems industry is historically well supported by domestic leaders, as well as by international delegates who love to travel, network and connect, as well as enjoy local attractions,” Mr Zabrieszach said.

“This Summit is a significant event, and the committee has ensured the program is relevant and forwardthinking. With a focus on smart transport infrastructure, transport data, intelligent mobility, connected and automated vehicles and sustainability, attendees will shape future vehicle and transport connectivity with conference learnings shared locally, regionally and internationally.”

With more than 200 speakers participating in Summit 2022, there will be updates from across each of Australia’s states and territories, as well as from international industry leaders.

France’s Marie-Christine Esposito, Head of Road Information, Information Systems and C-ITS Office at C-Roads France, is scheduled to speak about the C-Roads Platform, a joint initiative of European Member States and road operators for testing and implementing C-ITS services in light of cross-border harmonisation and interoperability.

Reuben Sarkar, President and CEO at the American Center for Mobility, is set to talk about the company’s Michigan-based facility, a leading smart mobility test center focused on the testing and validation of future mobility technologies.

Mr Sarkar’s presentation will provide a viewpoint on the status of bringing connectivity into the automated vehicle space for commercializing Level Four/Level Five automated vehicles. Dr Jason Chang, Director, Advanced Public Transport Research Center at the National Taiwan University, will provide an update on the work being done in Taiwan to progress connectivity in shared and public transport.

Representing the Australian transport technology industry, Dr Gillian Miles, Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner of the National Transport Commission, will discuss how her organisation works to facilitate national transport reform and is also working with governments and industry on the settings needed for new transport technologies that know no borders.

Ms Miles will explore how generating ideas and learning from others can underpin the future of transport to deliver both social and economic outcomes. Mario Filipovic, Manager Intelligent Transport Systems and Advanced Vehicle Safety, Advanced Planning Division – Toyota Australia, will talk about how, in an effort to improve safety, Lexus Australia has been trialling advanced vehicle communication of safety messages within the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot (ICVP) in Queensland.

Lexus’ research examines the capability and benefits of very quick data exchange between vehicles, between vehicles and traffic light equipment and receiving important road network updates.

Major Rachael Ayoub, Staff Officer Developing Technology from the Australian Army, will talk about how robotic and autonomous systems (RAS) have the potential to fundamentally change the way Australia’s army fights, trains and organises itself. The Australian Army is investing in RAS technologies and concept development to understand how to be competitive in the future autonomouslyenabled battlespace.

The army’s Autonomous Leader-Follower convoy with obstacle avoidance is a project being undertaken in partnership with the Institute for Intelligent Systems Research and Innovation (IISRI) of Deakin University and aims to design and build, as platform agnostic concept demonstrator, an autonomous leader-follower convoy with advanced obstacle avoidance.

Summit 2022’s Premier Partners are the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), the peak body for Australia’s automotive industry, representing light vehicle manufacturers selling into the Australian new vehicle market; The Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, which moves and connects people, places, goods and services across Queensland; and Cubic Transportation Systems, a leading integrator of payment and information solutions and related services for intelligent travel applications in the transportation industry.

Other event partners include Braums, Kapsch TrafficCom Australia, Aimsum, Lexus, UGL, and VIA Transportation Inc.

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