The world’s first multimodal connected transport laboratory is now a step closer with a new partnership between WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, the University of Melbourne, government and leading industry partners from around the globe. The laboratory is capable of testing and implementing emerging technologies at a large scale in complex urban environments.
The partnership will focus on the development of a National Connected Multimodal Transport (NCMT) test bed. This will focus on multimodal transportation systems consisting of connected vehicles, connected roadways, connected city logistics, connected public transportation and connected pedestrians and cyclists.
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff’s Victorian Client Director for Transport, Tim Gosbell said “Our Integrated Transport Systems (ITS) team is working closely with our partners to develop the test bed, to integrate emerging technologies that will that will help to reduce congestion, improve livability and deliver more sustainable transport outcomes for the local community".
WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff's Technical Executive, Scott Benjamin noted that the test bed technology would serve as a foundation for innovation for ITS and smart cities. "The collaboration across the government and a range of private organisations has been a very positive experience, we look forward to delivering more meaningful user centric outcomes for communities" he said.
According to Project Leader Majid Sarvi, Professor in Transport for Smart Cities, "Connecting smart sensors with smart devices opens up a whole world of connectivity. The research tells us that connected transport could in time reduce the economic impact of road crashes, not to mention the devastating human impact.”
The test area includes 7km of roadways and is bounded by Alexandra Parade to the north, Victoria Street to the south, Hoddle Street to the east and Lygon Street to the west.
The Victorian government’s commitment to open data and leveraging this to benefit the community ensures the central role of VicRoads and Public Transport Victoria in bringing about tangible improvements to the quality of life in Melbourne for many decades to come.