Banner image left to right: Nigel Nielsen, ICT & Technology Specialist, and Wayne Glenn, Principal Consultant, ITS, Transportation Network Operations & Performance.
In March 2017, WSP began working with the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR), to help deliver its Cooperative and Automated Vehicle Initiative (CAVI).
The project – which you can read more about here – will lay the technical foundation for the next generation of smart transport infrastructure. More specifically, it will help prepare the state of Queensland for the arrival of new vehicle technologies that will drive safety, mobility and environmental outcomes on its roads. CAVI forms part of the state Government’s ‘Safer Roads, Safer Queensland: Queensland’s Road Safety Strategy 2015-2021’ and its commitment to the multi-national Vision Zero approach where no loss of life is acceptable.
WSP’s Principal ITS Consultant Wayne Glenn says, “Intelligent Transport System technologies have significant potential to not only reduce crash risk, but also yield broader benefits for our communities, such as decreased congestion, reduced infrastructure damage and improved mobility. To that end, WSP is assisting TMR to develop a leading-edge Cooperative Intelligent Transport System (C-ITS), which will deliver a comprehensive end-to-end solution for CAVI.”
Phase one of this project involved planning and management of an agile development process and development of a high-level design and a deployment plan. In phase two, WSP is to assist TMR to complete the development of the C-ITS platform and to procure and deploy the C-ITS solution.
As the project evolved, WSP’s Solutions Architect, Nigel Nielsen was seconded to design the communications protocol to enable TMR to send C-ITS messages to vehicles and traffic signals from a cloud hosted integration platform. Recently Nigel has taken on the role of Integration Platform Technical Lead on behalf of the CAVI project.
Mr Nielsen says, “The CAVI project is on the leading edge of a potentially disruptive technology. A cooperative and automated vehicle future means a world where road trauma is significantly reduced, families will no longer require multiple vehicles, and a fully integrated traffic management system can provide real time dynamic adjustments to traffic control infrastructure.
“The major upside to these new technologies will be improvements to safety. We believe that our commitment to Vision Zero is achievable. Where humans fail, systems are there to support us.”
CAVI is contributing to the Queensland Government profile as the Smart State, with the Federal Minister for Urban Infrastructure and Cities, Paul Fletcher endorsing the project.
Mr Nielsen adds, “It’s fantastic to see CAVI gaining so much interest. It’s an exciting time for the industry.”
CAVI has the potential to change all aspects of mobility – from the way we commute to how we plan and develop infrastructure for future cities and towns. As a key player in the cooperative and automated vehicles space, WSP is working with transport providers, manufacturers, owners and operators as they consider strategy for the implementation of policy and deployment of systems to meet the needs of our communities in the future.
For more information on WSP’s commitment to Vision Zero, please click here.
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