The future of Australia’s public and private transport sector is being moulded by a combination of technological disruption, strong regulatory and policy leadership, and investment opportunities.

Like most countries around the world, Australia is rethinking its transport infrastructure to address increasing urbanisation, rapid population growth and environmental sustainability. Australia’s strengths are its track record embracing and developing new technologies, and the ability and willingness of its transport authorities, education institutions and industry to collaborate and deliver innovative solutions.

Over 15 connected and automated vehicle trials are underway within the country, with this number set to grow thanks to a robust research and development (R&D) ecosystem. The ecosystem includes iMOVE, a national collaborative research centre; the Australian Integrated Multimodal Ecosystem (AIMES); and the national science agency CSIRO’s Data61 – a world leader in data science research and engineering.

Australian governments across all levels are working with industry to leverage Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAVs) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) to improve the safety, efficiency and sustainability of the country’s transport system.

Australia has announced an ambitious reform agenda to have an end-to-end regulatory system in place by 2020 for automated vehicles at all levels of automation.

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