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Thursday, 11 January 2018

ITS licence enables introduction of next generation of connected vehicles to Australia

Austroads supports the announcement by the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) that the Radiocommunications (Intelligent Transport Systems) Class Licence 2017 has been issued.

The release of the ITS Class Licence marks an important milestone towards enabling the next generation of connected and automated vehicles to be introduced to the Australian market. 

The emergence of connected and automated vehicles has the potential to deliver significant societal benefits in the form of improved road safety, reduced traffic congestion, and positive environmental outcomes. 

The ITS Class Licence will allow connected vehicles and roadside infrastructure to share data using the 5.9 GHz radio frequency band. Importantly the licence aligns with international developments, particularly in Europe.

Austroads, working closely with its road agency members and a range of key industry stakeholders, has taken a lead role driving the process to establish the ITS Class Licence with the ACMA.

"This is an important milestone in Australia’s readiness to support connected and automated vehicles.  Austroads has worked closely with the ACMA, and collaborated with a range of industry and government stakeholders to achieve this outcome," said Nick Koukoulas, Austroads Chief Executive

"The road safety and mobility benefits that are anticipated from connected and automated vehicles are significant.  The release of this licence will greatly assist Australia to support the introduction of these emerging vehicle technologies," said Stuart Ballingall, Austroads Program Director Connected and Automated Vehicles.

Background

Intelligent transport systems (ITS) encompass a range of wireless and wired communications-based information technologies that can be integrated into transport infrastructure and vehicles.

Cooperative ITS (C-ITS) technologies use wireless communications to transfer data over short distances between in-vehicle mobile radio units and roadside units, and can be used for a wide range of applications, such as monitoring and managing traffic flow, relieving traffic congestion, providing alternative routes to travellers and reducing the environmental impacts of transport.

The Radiocommunications (Intelligent Transport Systems) Class Licence 2017 is available online at https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/F2018L00026

The ACMA’s media release can be downloaded from  https://www.acma.gov.au/Industry/Spectrum/Spectrum-planning/About-spectrum-planning/acma-introduces-new-regulations-to-support-intelligent-transport-systems

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