Technology is constantly evolving and this has presented both solutions and challenges in the way we plan and deliver transport services and infrastructure. We want to be leading the way when applying new technology to the planning and management of future transport systems to ensure that we get the best outcomes for transport customers - the Smart Innovation Centre is a part of that plan.
The Centre will be a technology hub, facilitating the research, development and piloting innovative transport technologies, including things like the demonstration and trialling of connected and automated vehicles.
We want to ensure that emerging technologies and our existing infrastructure and projects align, maximising the efficiency and benefits for our customers and industry. This will be achieved by building and maintaining partnerships between Government, the private sector, academia and investors.
Already, we work closely with our federal counterparts, academic partners and the private sector to ensure that we are designing safe, effective transport infrastructure that will meet tomorrow’s needs.
In May 2016, we called for Expressions of Interest (EOI) from individuals and organisations that were interested in participating in the governance of the Centre and/or investing and collaborating on future transport technology research projects.
We are currently developing the business operating model for the Centre and identifying the most effective way for the Advisory Board to contribute. We’ve also reviewed the partnering EOI’s and are developing a short list of key partners and projects with a view to further discussions on the initial key projects that the centre will be involved in while also developing a longer term road map.
While these EOI’s are a great start we are always open to new ideas and potential partnerships!
EOIs fell within two categories:
Executive Advisory Board
Members of the Executive Advisory Board will set the strategic direction for the Centre’s program of activities The Board will provide vision, technical expertise, commercial experience and good governance.
Executive Advisory Board Members have expertise across the following areas:
- Transport technology and emerging technologies,
- Strategic planning and policy directions for transport
- Media and communications
- Risk, liability and insurance
- Commercial market settings and financing options
- Government innovation policy
Partnerships and collaborations
We attracted partners from the private sector, universities and Government to invest and participate in collaborative projects that could include:
- Vehicle testing - to propose and conduct testing of vehicles and technologies, in:
- Off-road laboratory conditions,
- In controlled road conditions (without mixed traffic), or
- General mixed traffic conditions.
- Pilots and Demonstrations - Propose pilots and demonstrations for connected and automated vehicles and associated transport services and technologies. These would take place in controlled environments, such as shared zones within university, hospital and business precincts, or in mixed traffic conditions if proven to be safe to do so.
- Collaborative Research Projects - Provide collaborative research projects in partnership with SIC, including with university and private sector research facilities. Such research projects might include data simulations or modelling of the outcomes of new transport technologies, particularly to assess the potential benefits and impacts prior to deployment and sponsorship to seed new commercial opportunities that will see new jobs and business growth in NSW.
Role and scope of the Centre
The Centre will implement a broad program of research, demonstration and deployment focused on smart transport of the future with objectives including to:
- Accelerate and expand on technology innovation programs and work with partners, to focus on an integrated approach to maximising the benefits sought for the community, particularly on productivity, congestion and safety.
- Provide collaborative, commercial industry, university and government partnerships, facilities and expertise to undertake research and innovation, and to position NSW as a world leader in accelerating deployment of emerging transport technologies.
- Expand or link to a number of current and proposed research and testing activities, including:
Road safety research into vehicle safety, roadside infrastructure and safety equipment
- Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems
- Congestion management technology programs
- Improved bus priority technology development
- Data modelling and simulations linked to emerging vehicle technologies
- Actively develop partnerships with private sector and university research facilities and function as an international-standard collaborative research enterprise that brings together industry, investors, researchers, government agencies, vehicle manufacturers, technology providers and data analysts to maximise the potential opportunities.
- Test and pilot connected and automated vehicle technologies to assess their effectiveness in meeting objectives for productivity, sustainability and liveability in Australian conditions, while ensuring that safety requirements are met.
- Develop and implement a strategic (10-15 year) program of research and development
- Build partnerships with other NSW agencies, other states and national government programs, as well as with international research facilities.
- With input from our partners, it is expected that the Centre will be fully operational by mid-2017.