ITS Monday: Edition 10, 2021
A small collection of curated content from the worlds of intelligent transport systems, smart mobility, and associated areas.
Included this week: The imagined and real in Sydney, White Bay action, Australian LIDAR, cycling and walking instead of cars, and more.
And just in case you hadn’t caught it yet, we have a new series of interviews with transport professionals – Effects of COVID on the transport sector – what they see now, what they would like to happen post-pandemic, and what they think will happen. If you’d like to be join this conversation, drop us a line!
Now, scroll down, and see what’s in this week’s edition. Oh, and before you do, be sure check out the quickest way to receive our new content via the subscription box just below …
A new paper by David Levinson, co-authored with Louise Aoustin. The abstract: Based on a survey of 197 Sydneysiders, this study shows residents overestimated the attractiveness of the city centre compared to the entire metropolitan area, as well as the number of jobs they can reach from home. They also overestimated travel times compared to Google Maps, especially for travel times by car.READ THE ARTICLE
There’s been plans to do something for quite some time now with the land that houses the decommissioned power station at White Bay, but all have come to nought. Now, a new plan, a new vision. But not certainty to happen, as the opening paragraph in this article lays out: ‘It’s an ambitious plan, and perhaps the only certainty is the expectation of more than a little blow-back along the way, but according to NSW Planning Minister Rob Stokes, “it has to be done”.’READ THE ARTICLE
‘The Sydney-based makers of a light detection and ranging system (LiDAR) for autonomous vehicles, has raised $40 million to accelerate development, including strategic investment from a global construction machinery giant.’READ THE ARTICLE
In NZ, some data, observations, and hopes generated by a survey by the Energy Efficiency & Conservation Authority (EECA). ‘Kiwis are being urged to rethink how they use cars, as new research reveals six in 10 people don’t know their car use is likely to be the biggest contributor to their carbon footprint. This comes at a time when Kiwis are owning more cars than ever before as more than 3.3 million cars are on the road, with nearly of third of their trips less than two kilometres.’READ THE ARTICLE
‘The State Government will take back $3 million in bikeway funding granted to Adelaide City Council and spend it on other transport projects in the CBD, after the council last night voted to scrap long-touted plans for an east-west cycling route.’READ THE ARTICLE
A paper from CARRS-Q’s (Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety-Queensland) Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios and Barry Watson. ‘Recently, navigation apps such as Google Maps and Waze allow drivers to view and share information showing the location of speed cameras and other police operations along their route. This feature is available in 40+ countries,6 which raises three key concerns. First, the audio alerts can interrupt drivers and encourage them to use their devices while driving, to report and/or confirm the location of the police enforcement. A large body of evidence now confirms that mobile phone distractions while driving are risky and can have life-threatening consequences.’READ THE ARTICLE