The Australian Government has thrown its support behind the iMOVE CRC, a new intelligent transport cooperative research centre, with the announcement of a $55 million research and development grant.
The iMOVE CRC – a new national intelligent transport R&D centre funded through the Co-operative Research Centres programme – has been in development for over 18 months. It is supported by 46 industry, government and research partners including the federal departments of ‘Industry Innovations and Science’ and ‘Infrastructure and Regional Development’, state road authorities, retailers, logistics and insurance companies, technology developers, automobile clubs and many of Australia’s top universities.
“Transport is the backbone of our economy. As a country we will fall behind if we cannot move our people and goods effectively and efficiently,” said iMOVE CRC Bid Lead, Ian Christensen.
“Our roads are congested and our transport systems are not coordinated and it’s getting worse in many cases. The establishment of the iMOVE CRC gives us an immediate opportunity to tackle this situation, by harnessing the power of ‘big data’, developing smarter solutions and engaging with the community to trial and deploy new technologies.”
The news was welcomed by the Australian Logistics Council, which described the $55m grant as further demonstration of the central role the logistics industry plays in improving competitiveness and productivity across the Australian economy. “This is a very significant announcement for the logistics sector in Australia," said Michael Kilgariff, ALC Managing Director. “There is no doubt that rapidly evolving technology will change the way that we transport goods in the future.
“Initiatives such as the iMove CRC will be crucial in ensuring we can effectively harness today’s intellectual capital and industry experience to design sustainable transport systems for tomorrow.”