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VicRoads to make key data available to telematics industry

Heavy vehicle route navigation in Victoria looks to be simplified with a new initiative making VicRoads road information available to telematics providers next month.

The initiative will provide road information in a standardised format that can be used consistently across in-cab navigation systems from any telematics providers in the country.

Until now, road attributes such as permit restrictions, bridge weight limits, roundabouts, low height limits, and heavy vehicle combination length and height limits have only been available to view as maps, there have been no tools to allow a driver to create an appropriate route.

TCA Chief Executive Officer, Chris Koniditsiotis, said, “TCA has led the development of this initiative by working collaboratively with the Department of Premier Cabinet and VicRoads.

"This unique initiative has been achieved through cooperation between the road agency, technology developers and the transport industry – and would not have been achieved on its own.

“It may surprise some that route guidance systems which cater for the diversity of heavy vehicle combinations does not yet exist in Australia – let alone any part of the world.

“Australia not only has one of the world’s most complex and variable networks, but supports the operation of a diverse range of heavy vehicle combinations throughout the country. This initiative means that the routes approved for heavy vehicle use need to be tailored to each vehicle.

“With the release of this jurisdictional data VicRoads has set the benchmark for other road agencies.”

This achievement has been made possible through the National Telematics Framework, which was created to enable a sustainable approach to the use of telematics and related intelligent technologies in Australia.

“This initiative highlights how we can achieve better public outcomes through a different engagement process. By listening to what the industry needs and facilitating the outcome, TCA has started a process that will have a huge impact on the use and function of road network data for benefit of all road users,” said Koniditsiotis.

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