INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS (ITS) ACTIVITIES IN AUSTRALIA

Australia is geographically a large country with over 7.6 million square kilometers, and a very small population of 17 million. Its highly educated population enjoys a high living standard. Car and truck traffic flow is disadvantaged due to the lack of a fully developed urban highway system. These unique facts present unique transportation problems. The most pressing include: 1) Sydney, Australia, will host the Olympics in the year 2000--how can the associated transportation problems be addressed? 2) How can new technology be used to solve urban traffic congestion? 3) How can transportation costs be minimized on long hauls? 4) How can limited funds be used to resolve transportation problems? and 5) Who should pay for the solutions to transportation problems? Intelligent transportation systems (ITS), developed jointly by the public and private sector, may provide some answers for the future. Australia, through its highly educated workforce, has already developed some unique ITS applications. These include incident management systems, fog detection and motorist advisory systems, automated vehicle recognition and classification, unique applications of heavy vehicle weigh-in-motion, automated toll collection on its privately financed toll roads, and sophisticated traffic management. This paper describes the current ITS projects, future ITS plans, and the underlying institutional issues faced by Australia as it addresses its unique transport problems into the 21st century.

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    • Five volumes of papers and one volume of abstracts comprise the published set of conference materials.
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  • Authors:
    • AVERY, M
    • Stearman, B
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  • Publication Date: 1995-11

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 2572

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00726061
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 5
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 16 1996 12:00AM