What we have learned about Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) – Freeway, Incident, and Emergency Management, and Electronic Toll Collection
Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are an integral part of transport management schemes in Australia. ITS have been proven to reduce congestion, travel times, vehicle emissions, and other adverse effects of transportation. The use of ITS will continue to be a main player in the field of transport due to the push for technology rather than the building of more infrastructure. By studying the benefits, affects, and limitations of current ITS systems in Australia, future ITS solutions may be improved.
This thesis involves reviewing the current practices of ITS in Australia, with respect to Incident, Freeway, and Emergency Management, and Electronic Toll Collection. A study of these practices, both Australia wide and in each of the individual states, has enabled a comprehensive review and comparison of current implementation levels to be documented.
To ensure a wide base of knowledge was attained in ITS, a wide range of research skills were used. The research conducted involved literature reviews, interviews, surveys, attending the 8th World Congress on ITS in Sydney, and Internet searching. This research not only concentrated on current practices but also the individual technologies within the ITS systems. The interviews and surveys conducted with representatives of the ITS industry, established information such as deployment levels and limiting factors of current technologies.
The knowledge gained from past and present experiences has allowed predictions to be made on the future of ITS in Australia. Recommendations on both the individual technologies and the overall direction of ITS have been developed. These recommendations suggest how the relevant Intelligent Transport Systems could be enhanced with new technologies, policies, or architecture.