Edition #18 A curated newsletter for transport professionals on current and emerging trends and issues.

Austroads Improving Freeway Capacity Analysis

Traffic. Austroads has released a research report which reviews and evaluates established and emerging methodologies in freeway capacity analysis.
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Insurer uses AI for car accident claims

Insurance. Technology. Insurance Australia Group selling insurance under brands such as NRMA, CGU, and SGIO, has announced implementing artificial intelligence (AI) into its claims process. Through AI, IAG is predicting whether a motor vehicle is a total loss after a car accident, which it touts can remove the need for a vehicle to be towed to a repairer prior to being assessed as a total loss. Read more …

Audi teases new electric off-road prototype to compete in the Dakar Rally

Future Vehicles and Technology. The German automaker teased the new electric off-road prototype, which will first compete in the Dakar Rally in 2022. A while ago, Audi had a lot of success on the rally circuit with the infamous Group B rally cars, the Audi Sport Quattro S1. Read more …

New research reveals connected ‘talking’ cars could save lives on Victorian roads

Safety. Cutting-edge digital communication technologies allowing cars to intelligently interpret their surroundings and alert drivers to potential hazards, could reduce vehicle crashes by up to 78 per cent, new research from the University of Melbourne has revealed. Read more …

Toyota Australia to deliver connected vehicles with support from Intelematics

Future Vehicles & Technology. Getting help to the scene of an emergency as quickly as possible can make all the difference. From late 2020, select new Toyota vehicles will come fitted with connected-car capabilities through partnership with Intelematics, including Automatic Collision Notification, SOS Emergency call and Stolen Vehicle Tracking. Read more …

New process for selecting on-road public transport priority treatments

Transit. Austroads has released a research report which presents a practical process to guide practitioners through the selection of treatments that prioritise public transport on roads. This step-by-step process can be used to assess options on existing or new roads. It considers all forms of priority treatments, ranging from road space, stop design and location, traffic signal priority, and traffic signal gating. Read more …

How Shenzhen turned all its 16,000 buses fully electric

Transit. Electric Vehicles. Shenzhen, China is the world’s first city to achieve the full electrification of its bus fleet. Besides the fact that they’re quieter, the city’s 16,000 electric buses emit around 48 per cent less carbon dioxide and much fewer pollutants. They’re also cheaper to fuel and, with their streamlined engines, easier to maintain (87% cost of a diesel bus). Read more …

Sydney’s new smart motorway aims to end ‘stop-start’ traffic

Traffic. The first aspects of a $600 million technology upgrade to Sydney’s M4 motorway have been switched on as a series of car sensors and ramp signals help improve traffic flow. New gantries that sense traffic flow were activated and on-ramp signals will turn on for a trial period. Read more …

Europeans Bought More Electrified Vehicles Than Diesels In September

Future Vehicles & Technology. In Europe, people bought more electrified vehicles — electric vehicles and hybrids — than diesel vehicles in September 2020, according to JATO Dynamics. This is a first. The pandemic has already left jagged scars on the automotive industry as well as other industries across the globe. Read more …

Metatrends Shaping the Next Decade

Futures. Over the next decade, waves of exponential technological advancements are stacking atop one another, eclipsing decades of breakthroughs in scale and impact. Emerging from these waves are 20 “Metatrends,” likely to revolutionise entire industries (old and new), redefine tomorrow’s generation of businesses and contemporary challenges, and transform our livelihoods from the bottom up. Read more …

Australian guidelines for automated vehicle trials updated

Future Vehicles & Technology. The National Transport Commission and Austroads have released an updated edition of Guidelines for trials of automated vehicles in Australia. The update will ensure the guidelines remain fit for purpose as automated vehicle trials progress across the country. Read more …

Webinar Recording: Best-Practice Approaches to Road Freight and Communities

Freight. Austroads commissioned research to develop guidelines for best-practice strategies and supporting materials for national, state/territory and local road managers to communicate the importance of freight to the community. The webinar presents the key fundings of the review. Read more …

What’s Needed for EVs to Take Off?

Future Vehicles & Technology. In 2010, Tesla introduced a new generation of electric vehicles (EVs) with its Roadster, a luxury-like sports car. To keep up, almost every auto manufacturer has since brought at least one EV model to market. This article tells the story of EV adoption in Hawaii and contrasts the approach in Norway. Read more …

The 30-Minute City

Transport Planning. No one will be surprised to hear that cities seeking to increase access must make wise choices about long-term investments in major transport infrastructure, such as subways or highways. But cities must also make intelligent smaller decisions — about streets, intersections, and transit stops. Read more …

Prof Phil Charles, Transport Futures Institute