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  • MAX Series Episode 7: Building Tomorrow's Connected Road Networks

MAX Series Episode 7: Building Tomorrow's Connected Road Networks

Tue 08 Dec 2020


Roadway infrastructure – major highways, arterials and streets – has traditionally lagged vehicles when it comes to the application of new technology. For jurisdictional, economic and engineering reasons, roadway technology has concentrated on specific locations (intersections and merges) and has been designed mainly for safety and traffic control.

Over time, there has been increased usage of adaptive traffic management in corridors, and over multiple corridors, and certain deployment of ITS to combat traffic congestion. With the current explosion of new and powerful digital technologies in vehicles, parallel deployment in the infrastructure is gaining momentum. The use of simple sensors coupled with wireless and cellular communication, high-definition mapping, wide-angle machine vision, lidar, and artificial intelligence enable more sophisticated network analytics, including traffic prediction.

Ultimately, both vehicles and infrastructure will be designed more with each other in mind. Current reconsideration of long-standing road design practices to better serve automated vehicles is a good example of the needed accommodations between two worlds of technology, engineering and practice.



Dr Peter F. Sweatman Enterprise Professor in Transport Technologies / The University of Melbourne
David Buckley-Bolt Director Sales and Solutions APAC / SKIDATA
Professor Rocco Zito Professor in Civil Engineering, College of Science and Engineering / Flinders University
Michele Mueller Sr. Project Manager Connected and Automated Vehicles / Michigan Department of Transportation

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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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