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Think tank releases roadmap for transport revolution

Independent not-for-profit organisation, The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, is adamant that Australia has the opportunity to be a leader in the global shift to clean, safe and efficient transport.

The Academy released a report, Shifting Gears – Preparing for a Transport Revolution, that advocates the adoption of Low and Zero-emission Vehicles (LEVs), Connected Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs), high frequency mass transit and intelligent transport systems.

The report also identifies three key challenges for the transport sector, lower emissions, health and the efficient movement of people and freight, while also providing a blueprint for transport planning to 2030 for an incoming Federal Government.

Academy Fellow, Kathryn Fagg, said the rapid advance of digital technologies across all sectors of the global economy has resulted in an extraordinary period of change.

“With Australia’s geographic isolation and long distances between urban centres, the transport sector will be both significantly disrupted and revolutionised by this technological transformation.

“Failure to be prepared will risk a decline in many aspects of our Australian way of life and society, including increased congestion and vehicle-related emissions, a deterioration in health, safety and security, and a negative impact on the cost of living, productivity and the ease of mobility.

“Australia is performing well on a number of readiness indicators and is well place to capitalise on the coming technology revolution, but we need to make smart, strategic decisions to keep pace with the technological frontier," she said.

Academy Fellow, Drew Clarke, claims that sustainability, climate change, productivity and health are key challenges that will need to be addressed within the transport sector over the next decade.

“Specifically, the transport sector will need to lower emissions, improve the efficient movement of people and freight, and reduce transport-related deaths and serious injuries.

“The deployment of connected autonomous vehicles, low and zero-emission vehicles, high-frequency mass transport and intelligent transport systems are potential solutions to these challenges," he said.

The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering is undertaking a major three-year (2018-2020) Australian Research Council Learned Academies Special Projects-funded research project to examine the readiness of different Australian industry sectors to develop, adapt and adopt new and emerging technologies, with a horizon out to 2030. The transport sector is the first industry sector to be examined by the project.

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