Research partnership to boost future transport technologies in Queensland

A partnership to investigate futuristic transport technologies has been formed between the Queensland Government and the University of the Sunshine Coast, with an aim to find improvements for the connection of people and goods.
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The Queensland Government is investing in a three-year transport academic research partnership with the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

Partnering will allow USC to appoint a Chair of Sustainable Transport Engineering at its Moreton Bay Campus, which will become home to the field site for the testing of transportation ideas created in research.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads will contribute $730,000 to the partnership. It is expected to provide opportunities for university students and academics to explore future transportation innovations.

USC Senior Lecturer in Environmental Engineering Dr Helen Fairweather FIEAust said transport is changing rapidly, and we need more research that targets the interface between civil infrastructure and the Internet of Things.

“The key questions are, how do we move people and goods without relying on systems for fuel-emitting cars, and how can technology help us achieve that?” she says.

“It’s not just about electric cars and light rail. It’s about how telecommunications and advanced analytics can change how our transport network operates and how more sustainable service can be provided.”

Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey said the Queensland Government welcomed the opportunity to work with USC to look ahead at new, innovative ideas for the future of transport.

“This grant will enable USC to research and provide insights into the type of technologies we’ll all be using to move from A to B in the next few decades,” Bailey said.

“Queensland is well placed to be at the forefront of transport innovation, and I look forward to the team’s work exploring how future technology can boost our capability to deliver a single, integrated transport network accessible to everyone.”