Attending the ITS World Congress in Melbourne this week, the Palaszczuk Government supported the state’s strong position in preparing for the future of automated and connected vehicles.

Yesterday, Minister for Main Roads, Road Safety and Ports and Minister for Energy, Biofuels and Water Supply, the Hon Mark Bailey said the Congress was an opportunity for Queensland based organisations involved in automotive vehicle technology to showcase their capabilities to an international audience.

Mr Bailey said, “The Congress has over 7000 registered delegates and is expecting up to 20,000 people which provides a unique opportunity to demonstrate Queensland’s ability to contribute to this rapidly developing area.”

“The Queensland Pavilion at the Congress will provide a collaborative and collective presence in Melbourne. For Queenslanders, these technologies have the potential to significantly reduce crashes and increase the capacity of our road networks over coming decades.”

The Queensland Pavilion features fourteen transport organisations across government, industry organisations and IT specialists connected to automotive innovation.

The Congress opening day also featured a High Level Policy Roundtable with over 70 international Ministers, CEOs and ITS Association representatives focusing on exploring, sharing and promoting key transportation and mobility technologies.

Mr Bailey said, “Our focus on cooperative and automated intelligent transport systems is one of 57 initiatives of the Queensland Government and will help us to save lives on the road.”

MTA Queensland Group Chief Executive, Dr Brett Dale said, “The Motor Trades Association of Queensland (MTAQ) strongly supports Queensland representation in all forums connected to the innovations occurring in the automotive industry.”

“As the peak body representing the interest of business in the retail, service and repair sectors of Queensland’s automotive industry, we know first-hand about the cutting-edge technological developments happening in our state. Indeed, our members’ businesses are leading the innovation and in response the MTA Institute is forging ahead with skill development to align with emerging technologies.”