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NEF6023 Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems and Freight Productivity

The purpose of this project is to study how Co-operative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) provide efficiency and productivity benefits for heavy vehicles transporting on-road freight.

Deliverables

Discussions with industry leaders and research into current trials are expected to produce a report containing:

  • a literature review of C-ITS technologies being utilised in the movement of on-road freight, and
  • detail on best practice approaches and the suitability of certain technologies for Australian and New Zealand conditions.

Closing: 5:00pm Thursday 25 May 2017


NEF6027 Update the Austroads Guidelines on Rest Areas for Heavy Vehicles

This project will update the existing National Guidelines for the Provision of Heavy Vehicle Rest Area Facilities

The updated guidelines will include improved rest area designs and diagrams and include the 3-2-1 Green Reflectors scheme for informal rest areas.

Deliverables

The project will generate a revised National Guidelines for the Provision of Heavy Vehicle Rest Area Facilities which includes 3-2-1 Green Reflectors.

Closing: 5:00pm Thursday 25 May 2017


NEF6029 Operations of Automated Heavy Vehicles in Remote and Regional Areas 

This project seeks to identify and mitigate operational boundaries and identify areas of opportunities associated with future automated heavy vehicle operations in regional and remote areas.

Specific issues and opportunities may include:

  • Ability of remote and regional road infrastructure to handle automated heavy vehicles
  • Interaction with other road users where overtaking options are limited (for example, interaction with non-automated light vehicles).
  • Ability to safely manage ‘washouts’ and other issues impacting the road network.
  • Identify probable requirements for private road and infrastructure investment to ensure seamless integration for automated heavy vehicles travelling between private infrastructure and the road network.
  • Identify areas of operations where the technology can provide significant benefits specific to remote and regional heavy vehicle operations.
  • Development of an implementation plan for automated heavy vehicles in regional and remote areas(with the required regulatory and safety outcomes in place).

Deliverables

The outputs of the project include:

  • Assessment of the capability of existing and future automated and connected vehicle technology,including platooning, to be able to operate on Australasian rural and regional road infrastructure. This output should focus on infrastructure and technology considerations, provides consideration for light vehicles as well as heavy vehicles and be conducted in coordination with the Connected and Automated Vehicles program.
  • A secondary review of current national and international research on automated heavy vehicles and possible impacts and opportunities for heavy vehicle operations in regional and remote areas within Australasia.
  • Analysis and review the outcomes of heavy vehicle automated trials that have previously been conducted.
  • Workshops with road agencies to discuss perceived regional, remote and private road issues and opportunities that may impact on automated heavy vehicles.
  • A research report delivered to Austroads outlining the operational issues, challenges and opportunities facing automated and connected heavy vehicles on remote and regional roads. The report should also provide commentary on actions government may take to facilitate resolution of these issues and challenges in order to proactively plan for the introduction of the technology on remote and regional roads. The report will also Identify and evaluate industries that would benefit from automated heavy vehicle operations in remote and regional areas.
  • Development of an implementation plan for automated heavy vehicles in regional and remote areas (with the required regulatory and safety outcomes in place).
  • A webinar to inform stakeholders on the outcomes of the project.

Closing: 5:00pm Thursday 25 May 2017


NTM6021 Safe System in Austroads Guide to Traffic Management

The purpose of this project is to determine where there is opportunity to further embed Safe System into the Austroads Guide to Traffic Management (AGTM) series in collaboration with the Safety and Road Design Task Forces based on recent research.

The AGTM provides guidance to practitioners on treatment selection, such as intersection treatments, and therefore plays an important role influencing the treatments used on road networks. As contemporary Safe System practice is evolving there is an opportunity we could use the information already gained to feed into the scope of future guide updates.

Deliverables

  • Developing new or revised content for the AGTM to strengthen the guidance relating to treatments and their likely effectiveness in aligning with Safe System philosophy.
  • Dissemination webinar.

Closing: 5:00pm Thursday 25 May 2017


NTM6025 Passing Lanes – Safety and Performance 

This project will investigate the performance benefits of passing lanes in terms of the corridor:

  • safety performance
  • journey performance
  • customer desires and expectations.

Deliverables

  • A research report summarising the benefits of passing lanes, and a webinar (including a question and answer session) that presents the summary of the research findings.
  • It is also expected that the research may inform updates to the the Austroads Guide to Road Design, Guide to Road Safety or Guide to Traffic Management.

Closing: 5:00pm Thursday 25 May 2017


NEG6026 Standardisation of ITS Technology Asset Management Datasets

The purpose of this project is to develop a standardised asset operational and performance dataset for critical ITS assets that contribute to journey planning, congestion management, and traffic control. The development and establishment of an ITS asset management dataset will provide the opportunity to develop operational and performance metrics that enable the effective and efficient management of the ITS technology infrastructure, and the sharing of knowledge and experience across road agencies.

Deliverables

The tangible outputs for the project include:

  • An agreed list of critical ITS Assets and the required operational and performance data sets to support management of the technology
  • Key performance targets
  • Verification of the methodology used to align the performance objectives against community impact and expectations
  • Ability to monitor and measure the effectiveness of ITS asset management
  • Ability to develop ITS asset renewal and upgrade plans.

Closing: 5:00pm Thursday 25 May 2017


NEG6022 Opportunities in Digital Disruption for Road Agencies in Australia and New Zealand & NTM6024 Emerging Technologies to support Arterial Road Management

NEG6022
This project will assist Austroads and road agencies to better understand and prepare for the potential impacts of "Digital Disruption" to their business that can result from emerging technologies and the ensuing societal changes they can enable. It will provide a consolidated landscape of current Australasian initiatives associated with digital disruption that relate to Austroads projects. It will also establish an easy way to access the key learnings from Austroads reports that are related to this digital disruption.

Deliverables

  • A report that consolidates and contextualises Australasian initiatives and Austroads learnings (linking toresearch reports) related to digital disruption.
  • An infographic (PDF) that provides a simple overview to the findings.
  • A webpage (similar to the infographic) that provides a hyper-linked portal to the findings.
  • A short (3-4 minute) web video to engage staff (or all levels) within road agencies outlining theopportunities through "Digital Disruption" as seen from a road agency perspective.
  • A short (3-4 minute) web video to engage with industry partners outlining the opportunities through"Digital Disruption" as seen from a road agency perspective.

NTM6024
As technology is rapidly improving it not only presents many opportunities for the arterial road network to be managed differently to current practice but these technologies may also influence how the arterial road network is managed into the future. A specific example of such technologies is autonomous vehicle technology.

This project aims to develop new or revised content for the Austroads Guide to Traffic Management (AGTM) and Guide to Smart Motorways (AGSM), to assist jurisdiction practitioners with guidance about emerging technologies that may assist with improving traffic management areas such as incident management, traffic signal operation, congestion management, and network operations by improving awareness of such technologies and the pro’s and con’s associated with implementing such technologies.

Deliverables

  • Develop new or revised content for the AGTM and AGSM where appropriate to strengthen the guidance relating to emerging technologies that may assist with improving traffic management areas such as incident management, traffic signal operation, congestion management, and network operations.
  • The guidance could include how the technology works, what problems it aims to address, what infrastructure is required to support the technology, what level of resources/expertise would be required to manage it, etc
  • Dissemination webinar.

Closing: 5:00pm Thursday 25 May 2017


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