NSW minister for transport and industry, Andrew Constance, has launched a for-comment draft of the NSW Future Transport Technology Roadmap, saying it is designed to “put NSW at the forefront of adopting new and emerging technologies to unlock value in our system, and to customise and personalise transport services for our customers across the state.”
It aims to “shape the most customer-centric, innovative, digitally-enabled transportation system in Australia by incubating new uses, and trialling and adopting innovative, world-class technologies.”
The roadmap says five strategies will be adopted “aimed at shaping the most customer-centric, innovative, digitally-enabled transportation system in Australia.”
It identifies these as: personalised customer interactions; transformation of mass transit networks; a fostering of shared demand-responsive services; the enablement of connected and automated vehicle platforms; the creation of intelligent transport networks managed with data.
It says Transport NSW will
– develop and connect real-time digital information, navigation, payment and engagement platforms so they are easier to understand and use, and can give personalised, individual service;
– transform mass transit networks to improve efficiency and service frequency, and reduce transit times, making these services more attractive to our customers;
– foster shared demand-responsive services to give customers greater choice of mobility options and flexibility to match their needs;
– pursue national standards for the road infrastructure, systems and regulatory frameworks needed to adopt greater levels of vehicle automation earlier, and identify how best to deliver community benefits that autonomous vehicles will bring;
– create intelligent transport networks managed with data that enable increasingly efficient, flexible and dynamic service delivery with improved safety, availability, reliability and responsiveness.
The roadmap says customers will begin to feel the benefits immediately. “Starting in 2017, we will begin implementing the initiatives from our roadmap to deliver a transport experience that is safer, more efficient, less congested and, above all, more personalised,” it says.
“Our vision for 2020 and beyond is for customers to be able to: make easy, well-informed transport choices based on their personal needs and preferences; have more public transport services delivered more reliably; get from door to door more easily with flexible transport connections and seamless transfers; enjoy the benefits of the latest automated vehicle technology reliably and safely; fulfil their mobility needs efficiently and sustainably; manage their mobility costs and pay for services simply and conveniently.”
The draft roadmap can be downloaded and feedback provided here. Responses are due by 31 January 2017.