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How is RACQ preparing for the future of transport?

The most significant disruption of the road transport system in the 20th century was the automobile, where previously, people and industry had relied on horse drawn vehicles.

Today we are seeing a second major disruption in transport being driven by:

  • Vehicle safety and automated technologies.
  • Intelligent transport systems and data analytics.
  • Low emission vehicle technologies.
  • Customer-centric service models.

RACQ is working in advocacy, research, and development to inform and trial new technologies and services for members. Examples include:

  • Electric vehicle charging to provide destination chargers in partnership with the government, and ultra-rapid chargers in partnership with Chargefox
  • Automated vehicle public transport trials on Karragarra Island, and contributing to regulatory reform to ensure the safe operation of connected and automated vehicles
  • Contributing to government discussions on new public transport service models including Demand Responsive Transport, E-scooters and Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
  • Testing vehicle and safety technology under real-world, Australian driving conditions at the RACQ Mobility Centre of Excellence

RACQ Autonomous Smart Shuttle

The RACQ Smart Shuttle will operate a series of trials over five years to explore the potential for autonomous vehicles to address various transport issues, including transport disadvantage. The trials will also expand understanding about the safety of autonomous vehicles, their suitability to Queensland driving conditions and how they interact with other road users.

RACQ Mobility Centre of Excellence

The RACQ Mobility Centre of Excellence currently offers premium real-world driver facilities and will also be developed into a world class facility for research, innovation, driver training and testing of connected and autonomous technologies – the first of its kind in Queensland.