Ian Christensen at 2019 ITS Summit: R&D progress
iMOVE MD Ian Christensen took to the stage today at the 2019 Australian Summit, his topic R&D progress and impact in Intelligent Transport Systems.
Ian spoke to the almost 500-strong audience about the sort of work iMOVE does, the projects it has started to date, and in which technical areas they site. He also stressed the importance of collaboration. ‘The challenges we face in ITS are too challenging to take on alone,’ he said.
Also shown by the graphic is the categories of projects begun so far, with a weight of interest and investment to date in ITS-related work. But also there, and growing both in the number of projects and level of interest and promise, are projects in the area of Mobility as a Service (MaaS).
‘When we established iMOVE, we had heard about MaaS, and expected it to hit in a few years in Australia. But we’ve found it’s very much here and now, and we’re delighted by its early emergence,’ said Mr Christensen.
iMOVE R&D highlights
Ian also took the opportunity to present a few of iMOVE’s projects across those main technical areas, and a couple of the things that drive the choices of project.
‘We’re Government-funded, and are acutely aware we’re spending your money. So we focus on projects that the nation cares about. We’re also trying to develop industry capabilities.’
Amongst iMOVE’s project highlights are:
- Detailed understanding of Australia’s freight data
- Engagement in development of a National Freight Data Hub
- Intermodal logistics infrastructure design for ports
CONNECTED AND AUTOMATED VEHICLES
- Evidence of benefits of C-ITS
- Infrastructure readiness for AVs
- Security system for CAVs
- CAV prototypes for real-world understanding
- Insurance risk assessment for AVs
MAAS AND PARKING
- MaaS appetite in Australia (report)
- Real-world understanding of MaaS – trial
- MaaS business models
- Evidence and strategies to improve urban parking
NETWORK / DEMAND
- Data fusion framework
- Models to improve short term traffic prediction
- Land use planning meets transport planning
Contact and collaboration
Last, but by no means least, Ian invited any interested parties to speak to him about challenges they face, and projects and collaborations that could flow from those discussions.
‘There is a need to engage with other parties to work on your challenges. iMOVE strongly encourages you to collaborate, and welcomes you to get in touch,’