Strategy sets bright future for Qld transport

The State’s peak motoring body has welcomed a new State Government vision to make autonomous, electric cars and high-frequency, driverless trains and buses a reality in as little as seven years.

The Courier Mail reported the Queensland Government had launched its draft Transport Strategy which predicted highly-autonomous transport would be rolled out from 2020 to 2025, and vehicles would be fully automated by 2026.

RACQ Head of Public Policy Rebecca Michael said it was positive to see a vision for the State’s transport network that provided many benefits to Queenslanders.

“These technology advancements are set to improve safety by removing the risk of ‘driver error’ and fatigue, ease congestion by integrating transport hubs and give commuters a variety of ways to get around,” Dr Michael said.

“It’s certainly a bright future that we have ahead but before the vehicles are deployed we need to make sure they’re safe and trusted by Queenslanders.”

Dr Michael said while a long-term plan was essential, it was critical small steps were taken in the interim to see it come to fruition.

“We need to have a vision and direction, but that doesn’t come without some shorter-teavrm objectives to help get us to the end goal, in particular, assessing the safety and suitability of these technologies for our network,” she said.

“Our public transport networks can immediately be improved with the addition of more connected, first and last mile options like electric scooters or flexible shared transport options, to allow commuters to get to and from public transport more easily and efficiently.

“Congestion on our roads can also be better managed with cooperative intelligent transport systems and the delivery of Managed Motorway technology which we already have available.”