Public discussion on intelligent safety technology

Industry professionals still have the opportunity to make a submission to the Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) discussion paper and actively influence future policy making in the commercial road transport industry.

C-ITS technology allows vehicles and other elements of the transport network to share information, enabling drivers to better plan and adapt their driving route to avoid heavy congestion, crashes or road works.

Released in November 2012, the C-ITS discussion paper is meant to create a public debate on how Australia could best prepare for the introduction of the new technology.

Using C-ITS, road users can be warned of potential collisions with other road users or notified of changed traffic conditions and other dangers, such as a train approaching a railway crossing.

According to Nick Dimopoulos, CEO of the National Transport Commission (NTC), research indicates that the widespread use of this technology could cut the road toll by 25 per cent. “With 1,300 lives lost on our roads each year, this technology has the potential to transform road safety in Australia,” he said.

“Feedback received from submissions will inform our final recommendation to the Standing Council on Transport and Infrastructure later this year,” he added. “We are keen to hear from industry, government and the public to ensure the widest possible range of views are taken into account.”

Submissions close on 31 January, 2013.

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