Memorandum of Understanding signed for future of connected transport

By Carl Jackson

The Australian Government and US State of Michigan signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the future of transport safety advances in the field of connected and automated vehicles at the University of Melbourne on 1 October 2018. Coinciding with the Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES) Summit on Transport Safety in the Era of Digital Mobility, the signing of this agreement marked an important milestone in the collaborative relationship between the two governments.

Governor of Michigan Rick Snyder and Australia’s Assistant Minister to the Deputy Prime Minister The Hon Andrew Broad MP signed the agreement, with Director of Michigan Department of Transportation Kirk Steudle representing the Governor of Michigan at the Summit.

AIMES has played a central role in advancing this important collaboration between the two governments and this MOU strengthens links between research conducted by AIMES, such as the world-leading live test bed in Melbourne, and Michigan’s Mcity and American Center for Mobility’s off-road facilities.

Over 90 per cent of crashes are estimated to result at least in part from human choices, so the potential benefits from sharing of expertise and experience between our two jurisdictions are enormous

Governor of Michigan Rick Snyder outlined the significance of this MOU, explaining that it “establishes a great partnership through which we will share research and knowledge between Michigan and Australia in the development and deployment of intelligent vehicle transportation to ensure technology and safety go hand-in-hand with progress”.

Citing the high rate of transport accidents resulting from human error, Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Michael McCormack highlighted the importance of this collaboration, stating that “over 90 per cent of crashes are estimated to result at least in part from human choices, so the potential benefits from sharing of expertise and experience between our two jurisdictions are enormous”.

Pictured L-R: Daniel Hoyne, Susan Harris, Dean Zabrieszach, Kirk Steudle, Gary Liddle, The Hon Andrew Broad MP, Peter Sweatman, Majid Sarvi, Roland Pittar, Kevin Kerrigan

The University of Melbourne’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Jim McCluskey commented on the University’s pride in playing “a key role advancing the transport technology agreement between the Governments of Australia and Michigan”, noting Michigan’s status as “the leading state for research and deployment of connected and automated vehicles”.

“The accelerated development of crash-avoiding technologies will save lives.”

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