Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) enable real-time wireless communication between vehicles, roadside infrastructure, mobile devices and back-office systems. They have been developed as a way to deliver a safer and more efficient transport network that is less congested and more environmentally friendly.
C-ITS are a critical part of the disruptive transformation occurring to our vehicles, roads, cities and technologies – including automated vehicles, smart cities and smart infrastructure, and the Internet of Things.
What all these transformations have in common is the growing – and unprecedented –convergence of the physical and digital spheres. If managed correctly, they have the ability to enhance our quality of life.
Together, these transformations constitute a paradigm shift. As with any new technology that facilitates economic and social change, safeguards protect the public interest and enable innovation in equal measure.
This discussion paper prepared by Transport Certification Australia (TCA) is intended to inform and provoke discussion, and contribute to the development of this national vision. It builds on previous papers published by TCA with a view to advancing Australia’s interests in adopting C ITS in a manner that delivers safe, secure, and commercially and operationally sustainable results.
This discussion paper is aimed at governments, policy and decision makers, and industry stakeholders, and is divided into two parts:
Part One of this paper articulates why security has as much to do with reimagining, and getting the most out of, our transport network, as with preparing for changes that are rapidly approaching.
Part Two of this paper identifies the new kinds of infrastructure needed for the connected and automated environment – infrastructure that is part physical, part digital: ‘cyberphysical.’ The second part of the paper may be of more interest to readers who are interested in an in-depth exploration of the issues at hand.