Transport for NSW has extended the deadline for the technology industry to express interest in shaping the state’s future transport systems through the Smart Innovation Centre until June 10.
The Centre aims to be a hub for collaboration, research, demonstration and piloting emerging transport and road technologies, including connected and automated vehicles and intelligent transport systems.
Secretary of Transport for NSW, Tim Reardon, said it was on the cusp of using its road infrastructure in a much smarter way and it was an opportunity to improving the efficiency, accessibility and safety of road travel.
“Transport for NSW is determined not to get in the way of innovation – we want to support and contribute to the next big ideas,” Reardon said.
“That’s why we’re preparing now for the eventual arrival of automated vehicles and working with our federal and interstate counterparts to explore the legislative, regulatory and road design changes necessary to allow the introduction of these types of technologies in the future.
It is currently inviting Expressions of Interest (EOIs) from organisations and individuals who are interested in participating in the governance of the Smart Innovation Centre and/or investing and collaborating on technology projects including testing of vehicles and technologies; pilots and demonstrations for connected and automated vehicles and collaborative research projects, data simulations or modelling of the outcomes of new transport technologies.
Involvement in the Centre will give partners access to a vehicle testing and demonstration environment at the Transport for NSW Crashlab facility in Western Sydney and the opportunity to work with NSW Government agencies, interstate counterparts and national automated vehicle programs.
EOIs addressing credentials and proposed areas of involvement should be emailed here.