October 10, 2017

​SMEC to Deliver Australia-First Research Study in Cairns and Townsville

SMEC’s Transport Analytics Team has been engaged in a research partnership to study the future effects of introducing driverless vehicle technology into regional cities.

SMEC’s Transport Analytics Team has been engaged in a research partnership to study the future effects of introducing driverless vehicle technology into regional cities.

In an Australian-first for a regional area, SMEC will work closely with the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) and modelling company PTV Group to conduct a combined investigation into the potential impacts of mobility as a service (MaaS) in combination with autonomous vehicles (AVs) and demand-responsive transport (DRT).

The six-month study will deliver important evidence-based planning advice based on modelled test cases to examine potential travel behaviour and AV market penetration effects. It will also investigate future mobility under a range of travel options and road infrastructure across regional centres in North Queensland.

This will be an exciting glimpse into the direction of public transport infrastructure over the coming decades.

For more information on the future of autonomous vehicles, check out the recent blog post by SMEC’s Jerome Catbagan.