14 04, 2016

If statistical proof of the safety of automated vehicle driverless mode is impractical, what then?

14 April 2016|

An interesting statistical analysis by RAND shows that proving the hypothesis that fully automated (driverless) mode is safer than human driving is likely to be well beyond what is likely to be possible. So is our society prepared to accept less than a 95% confidence level for that statement, [...]

16 08, 2015

Automated vehicles – why is Transoptim involved?

16 August 2015|

After a few years of watching the development of automated vehicles, in 2014 Andrew Somers decided that this should become a priority area for Transoptim.  The mission of Transoptim is to “work closely with clients and assist and support them to optimise the performance of their transport networks”. It [...]

6 12, 2014

An interesting and successful 2014 for Transoptim

6 December 2014|

2014 has been a busy and exciting year for me, involving work for Main Roads WA, several areas of VicRoads, Queensland Transport and Main Roads and the Moreton Bay Regional Council.  In addition to continuing to assist the development of Managed Motorways/Freeways projects, I have also been busy working [...]

5 05, 2014

International Trends in ITS

5 May 2014|

Transoptim is assisting Main Roads WA to develop an ITS Master Plan.  One part of the work to develop this plan has been to prepare a synthesis report of the most significant disruptive international trends in ITS, in particular as they relate to road authorities.  The six trends discussed [...]

8 03, 2014

Managed Motorways – Evolving Practice

8 March 2014|

Andrew recently presented at an ITS Australia industry event in Brisbane on applying lessons to evolve the state of practice in Managed Motorways.  Managed Motorways are a means to extract more performance from the road asset and we now need to take the opportunity to continue to develop our [...]

1 07, 2013

Thoughts on the ITS Europe Conference in Dublin

1 July 2013|

I was fortunate to have been able to attend and make a brief presentation at the 9th ITS European Congress in Dublin in 2013. Given that there were (understandably) only a few of us from Australia and NZ at a European conference, I thought that I would share some [...]