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  • MAX Series Episode 3: Test Beds for the Future

MAX Series Episode 3: Test Beds for the Future

Tue 11 Aug 2020


Rapid innovation in key industrial technologies has found a receptive home and willing partner in the transport sector. These technologies include wireless connectivity, automation, artificial intelligence, big data, cloud computation, cybersecurity, machine vision, electrification and internet of things.

When it comes to automated vehicles (AVs) – a massive global commercial opportunity – the traditional automotive development process has been disrupted. Rapid learning cycles need to engage increasing numbers of real users, and need to occur in ever-widening operating environments of roadway systems, transport systems, communities, policy settings and geography. Purpose-built off-roadway testing facilities are used in combination with on-roadway test environments, “living labs” and heightened simulation capabilities. Facilities may include aspects of traffic operation, as well as connections to public transit, actions of vulnerable road users, and emerging modes such as micromobility. New performance guidelines and standards are being developed for AVs, and a wide range of manufacturers are carrying out relevant testing. At the same time, global enterprises that standardize vehicle safety ratings are including the new vehicle technologies in their assessments.

This session will showcase the developing activities of leading test beds and provide an informed view of AV safety, traffic efficiency and consumer acceptance.



Dr Peter F. Sweatman Enterprise Professor in Transport Technologies / The University of Melbourne
Reuben Sarkar President & CEO / American Center for Mobility (ACM)
Professor Majid Sarvi Director, AIMES / The University of Melbourne

MAX Signatories and Partners

The MAX: Michigan-Australia Exchange on Future Mobility is a partnership between the State of Michigan and the Australian Government that came into being with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in October 2018 in Melbourne.

Australian Government Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Communications
Michigan Economic Development Corporation
ITS Australia
The University of Melbourne
Michigan Department of Transport

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