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NSW transport minister, Mr Andrew Constance, speaking at the launch event, said his aim was to make Transport for NSW (TfNSW) “the best transport technology jurisdiction in the world.”
He said the road map contained a number of exciting goals such as quantum computing and how that data could be used in a way that makes transport seamless and highly personalised.
Constance said that from a transport perspective the task was “how we can remove such things as timetables, ticket gates and ensuring that we have turn up and go services when we need them and how we need them and how they are going to be delivered.”
“We can deliver $A 72bn ($US 55.8bn) of infrastructure in the next four years, which is what we are doing, but what is the point of this if we don’t have the absolute innovation at the core in terms of that big infrastructure,” Constance said. “We could be over committing ourselves in some areas while not focusing on the right areas at the same time. That is the importance of having the roadmap.”
TfNSW listed the introduction of contactless payment, trial of the Opal card, and Covid safe personalised journey plans among steps already taken to utilise technology.
Other initiatives included the trialling of artificial intelligence (AI) to run some of its systems, the introduction of zero emission buses, trialling of autonomous vehicles and the introduction of drones for incident management.
The roadmap document showed how public transport users in NSW have already embraced technology. For example:
The roadmap says that by 2024 TfNSW will deliver six priority programmes that will “transform the customer journey:”
This article first appeared on www.railjournal.com
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