The demands on Australasian transport networks have never been higher than they are today, and they are growing as our populations and cities expand. We live in a society that is more mobile than ever before. Rapid changes in technology are leading to disruptions in the way our road transport networks are used not seen since the first cars began to replace horses in the early 1900s. The development of connected, automated and electrically powered vehicles are set to improve the safety, efficiency and environmental footprint of the road transport sector.
The Austroads Future Vehicles & Technology Program is supporting our member organisations to deliver an improved road transport network that leverages the benefits of emerging technologies whilst minimising some of the risks inevitably faced during a period of such rapid change.
The vision of the Future Vehicles & Technology Program is that all employees of our members have an understanding of how future vehicles can be used to improve the capacity of their organisation to deliver services that improve the lives of the communities they serve.
The program values include being member centred, collaborative, big issue focused, evidence based and impartial.
The program is focused around four major themes:
- Connected & Automated Vehicles
- Digital & Physical Infrastructure
- Low & Zero Emission Vehicles
- Member Capability
The Austroads Future Vehicles and Technology program has a governance structure that provides effective guidance, decision making and program management controls. Key governance groups for the program include:
Future Vehicles & Technology Taskforce - provides technical endorsement and guidance to the program of work, and linkages to jurisdiction projects and initiatives. It comprises representatives from Austroads road agency members, the Commonwealth and the National Transport Commission
Research Communities of Practice – have been established to assist the program manager and are focused around the program themes. An RCoPs role is to:
- Identify the big issues for their theme through broad engagement with agencies
- Develop problem definitions or issue statements
- Develop a project portfolio based on their problem definitions or issue statements
- Work with Austroads Project Manager to deliver project outcomes.