Accelerating our Smart Transport Future

Author: NRMA 

Excerpt taken from the introduction of the paper

The NRMA’s Smart Transport Future, an internally produced document, identifies and examines the challenges that NSW and the ACT face over the next 15 years. These challenges include population growth in our cities at the expense of rural and regional areas, the corresponding impact of congestion on our roads and the economy, an ageing population and diminishing public resources – all factors that may limit the ability of government to invest in new road and transport infrastructure projects and adequately maintain the current road network. To this end, the paper examines how smart technology can keep NSW and the ACT moving.

The paper uses real world examples to demonstrate how global cities are successfully adopting smart transport technologies to prepare for the future. It also provides recommendations to government about how similar technologies and solutions could be implemented in NSW and the ACT to meet our future transport challenges today. NRMA’s recommendations contained within the paper encourages government to promote and adopt smart technologies across a range of areas, including autonomous vehicles, smart parking, managed motorways, mobility and electric vehicles. NRMA hopes that these recommendations will encourage the NSW and ACT Governments to continue to be proactive and adopt innovative solutions to solve our future transport challenges.

Given technology is rapidly evolving every day, it is assumed that many smart solutions identified within the paper will eventually be superseded. It is noted that this paper is not intended to be a definitive guide to all smart transport technologies, but aims to provide a snapshot of how current technology can be adopted to pave the way for a smart transport future. NRMA would like to acknowledge the assistance of Intel Australia in developing this paper by providing practical examples about how smart technologies are transforming mobility around the world.

Category: Future Trends & Possibilies Transport

Added by Elizabeth Dodd · 7 years ago

The Future of Driverless Cars

Author: The Daily Conversation

Published By: Youtube

Published On: 4 February 2015

Autonomous vehicles have made significant progress in the last decade and should be available to buy very soon. In this TDC mini-doc, The Daily Conversation look at the history of "self-driving" vehicles, where the industry is today, and what our roads will look like in the future.

View the video here;

Category: Transport Videos Future Trends & Possibilies

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 8 years ago

Smart Wheelchairs: A literature Review

Author: Richard Simpson

Published By: Journal of Research and Development

Published On: August 2005

Several studies have shown that both children and adults benefit substantially from access to a means of independent mobility. While the needs of many individuals with disabilities can be satisfied with traditional manual or powered wheelchairs, a segment of the disabled community finds it difficult or impossible to use wheelchairs independently. To accommodate this population, researchers have used technologies originally developed for mobile robots to create 'smart wheelchairs'. Smart wheelchairs have been the subject of research since the 1980s and have been developed on four continents. This article presents a summary of the current state of the art and directions for future research.

Category: Mobility Research Robotics Transport

Added by Ash-Lee Hall · 8 years ago