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MAX Series Episode 6: The Digital Vehicle of the Future

Tue 10 Nov 2020


The design architectures of road vehicles - for both personal and freight transport - are being transformed by digital technologies. The high functionality of these technologies, and their speed of development, represent a new era in the century-long progress of automotive engineering.

The new digital backbone of the vehicle allows a number of electronic systems composed of sensors, actuators and interfaces to interact and create a new level of mobility experiences and outcomes. Moving rapidly beyond “drive by wire” and driver assistance systems, elements of machine vision, artificial intelligence, wireless connectivity, automation, and electrification are penetrating globally-available automotive consumer product. A more interactive customer experience is being created with online sales, online performance options, data analytics, over-the-air updates and usage-based insurance.

Behind the scenes, digial supply chains, modular platforms, data networks, cybersecurity and 3D printing are all playing an important part. Digital technologies will continue to drive safety improvements, and will positively impact energy consumption and greenhouse emissions.



Dr Peter F. Sweatman Enterprise Professor in Transport Technologies / The University of Melbourne
John Wall Program Manager Future Vehicles / Austroads
Zack Bolton Head of Innovation Management, Holistic Engineering and Advanced Technology Group / Continental North America

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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