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The Con­nected Au­ton­omy in Smart Cities Sum­mit and Na­tional elec­tronic Tolling Con­fer­ence ( NeTC) in Bris­bane re­cently show­cased some of the world’s most in­no­va­tive trans­port tech­nolo­gies to con­nect and en­hance smart cities.

Nearly 400 ITS lead­ers showed an ap­petite for the lat­est ITS de­vel­op­ments, con­verg­ing to hear over 55 speak­ers at two back- to­back events.

Au­ton­o­mous cars, new trans­port tech­nolo­gies, con­sumer de­mand, heavy ve­hi­cle charg­ing and user pay road sys­tems were among the pre­sen­ta­tions dis­cussed by lo­cal, in­ter­state and in­ter­na­tional in­dus­try ex­perts across four days.

The two events were a sam­ple of what del­e­gates can ex­pect later this year at the 23rd ITS World Congress, to be held in Mel­bourne this Oc­to­ber.

“We were de­lighted with the level of sup­port and par­tic­i­pa­tion for these two sig­nif­i­cant events,” ITS Australia chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Su­san Har­ris says.

“The de­vel­op­ment and ap­pli­ca­tion of in­tel­li­gent trans­port sys­tems are hot topics right now. Gov­ern­ments, agen­cies, in­dus­try, cities and com­mu­ni­ties are try­ing to find ways to make our lives more ef­fi­cient, pro­duc­tive and en­joy­able.

“Con­nect­ing ITS with ve­hi­cles, trans­port in­fra­struc­ture, data anal­y­sis and new tech­nolo­gies will re­sult in safer and bet­ter mo­bil­ity.

“The col­lab­o­ra­tion and co­op­er­a­tion be­tween speak­ers and del­e­gates at both these events shows the ITS in­dus­try is work­ing to­gether, shar­ing in­for­ma­tion and pulling in the same di­rec­tion.”

The Sum­mit was hosted by ITS Australia in part­ner­ship with the Queens­land Gov­ern­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads at Room 360, QUT.

Queens­land Min­is­ter for Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bai­ley opened the sum­mit and De­part­ment of Trans­port and Main Roads di­rec­tor gen­eral Neil Scales was mod­er­a­tor.

As the sum­mit fin­ished, the an­nual NeTC Fo­rum com­menced, with in­vited lo­cal and over­seas speak­ers dis­cussing topics such as tolling, user pay ser­vices, net­work con­sol­i­da­tion and in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment.

“The level of dis­cus­sion at both these events just shows how im­por­tant these con­ver­sa­tions are right now,” Har­ris says.

“Many of the Bris­bane speak­ers and at­ten­dees will also head to Mel­bourne for the World Congress in Oc­to­ber to con­tinue to share knowl­edge, es­tab­lish new part­ner­ships, and map out fu­ture ini­tia­tives to en­hance live­abil­ity in cities and com­mu­ni­ties.”

Be­low: Key­note speaker Queensland Min­is­ter for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports Mark Bai­ley

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