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19 June 2023

Mobility 2023: Harmonising and Advancing Transport Innovation

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The special relationship between the American and Australian Intelligent Transport Systems industries has further strengthened ahead of this year’s ITS Australia Global Summit.

US speakers, Gretchen Newcombe from MobilityData and Andrew Glass Hasting representing Open Data Foundation left the recent Mobility 2023 event in Brisbane with a resolve to return to Australia in August to continue their conversations and further develop collaborative opportunities.

Mobility 2023 was attended by more than 200 ITS thought leaders and professionals, as part of the build up to this year’s main event, the Global Summit at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) 28-31 August.

Among the key Mobility 2023 themes were active travel and sustainable transport. One highlight was provided by Albon Pinz, Director of Economic Research and Analysis, at the Department of Transport and Main Roads (QLD) who outlined a new assessment tool to more easily quantify the economic benefits of active travel across bike, pedestrian, e-bike and scooters. The conversations explored both safe and active precincts, responding to feedback from women and girls that they are more likely to use active travel in places they feel safe.

Jonathan Anderson, Sustainable Mobility Manager at Keolis Downer provided insights into sustainable transport, low and zero emission vehicles, and smart charging options for our buses, while Jake Whitehead, CEO, ODIN PASS reported back on reducing barriers to using shared/active transport by removing incremental payments and providing a seamless planning tool.

Gamification of sustainable, active and affordable travel is now a regular topic item, and Julia Hunter, General Manager Mobility, RACV talked to how computer modelling is used to motivate participants.[mc1] Leveraging their popular Mobility as a Service platform Arevo and providing tips and support for people trying out active transport during Biketober in Victoria last year.

Ms Newcombe, Director Partnerships for North America and Australasia, at MobilityData provided US insights and shared the efforts of the not-for-profit organisation to create frameworks that standardise mobility data, streamlining quality and real time information, to travellers as well as providing data insights to governing agencies to help shape policy.

Following her successful attendance at Mobility 2023 in Brisbane, Ms Newcombe said there was clear benefit to attending in person, as it led to elevated discussions about how Australian states can play a leadership role in providing greater data harmonisation and interoperability nationally and internationally

“I met many interesting and passionate people working to bring seamless, sustainable mobility across Australia and look forward to deepening those connections over the next few months, and in Melbourne for the Global Summit,” Ms Newcombe said. [mc2]

Andrew Glass Hastings, the Executive Director of Open Mobility Foundation, also provided international perspectives at Mobility 2023 and the important role of harmonised data interfaces to improve mobility outcomes. He and Ms Newcombe are among the many international thought leaders traveling to Melbourne for the Global Summit including: Shailen Bhatt, Administrator, Federal Highways Agency; Thale Kuvås Solberg - President and CEO - Q-Free; Laura Chace, CEO, ITS America; Joost Vantomme, CEO ERTICO; Stephanie Wiggins, CEO, LA Metro; Crissy Ditmore, Head of Strategy & Public Policy, Optibus and Michelle Mueller, Michigan Department of Transportation; Not to mention all of the local luminaries making up the comprehensive four day program scheduled for the conference.

“The connection between Australia’s ITS industry and our international colleagues is already solid and events like Mobility 2023 and the upcoming Global Summit only strengthen these relationships and business opportunities.

“The depth of our speaker list makes this year’s Global Summit in Melbourne essential viewing for ITS professionals of any level. More than 1,000 members of the industry will attend the 4 days of technical tours, demonstrations, key note speeches, workshops and networking. We have a first-class venue – the MCEC – which is the largest venue of its kind in Australia and visitors will have the opportunity to experience Melbourne’s nearby café and restaurant culture as well as visit world-leading entertainment and sporting precincts,” Ms Harris said.

ITS Australia Global Summit, 28-31 August, Melbourne

The ITS Australia Global Summit 2023 will explore approaches to accelerating smarter, safer and sustainable transport by leveraging the ever-expanding capabilities of technology. The Summit will bring together government, industry and academic thought leaders from across the globe to explore the themes of:

  • Smart Infrastructure and Data Ecosystems
  • Sustainable and Equitable Transport
  • Electric, Connected, Automated Transport
  • Future Mobility
  • Policy and Harmonisation
  • Freight, Logistics and Drones

Global Mobility Forum

This conference will also host an impressive forum on global mobility to explore new challenges and opportunities -- with three comprehensive sessions and speakers from our state transport authorities as well as international thought leaders in open facilitated discussions to get a real understanding of the future of mobility and how we get there. All registered delegates are invited to join this important conversation.

For more about the Global Summit, 28-31 August, Melbourne, click here

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