The shift towards automated and zero emissions vehicles is potentially the biggest step-change in transport since the invention of the automobile. But how do we make sure we’re ready to embrace the opportunities – and address the challenges – that automated and zero emissions vehicles bring?
Infrastructure Victoria commissioned Arup to conduct analysis and research on the potential transport engineering impacts, risks and opportunities presented by automated and zero emissions vehicles. This study, along with nine other technical studies, helped inform Infrastructure Victoria’s advice and recommendations to the Victorian Government on what infrastructure is needed to support the use of highly automated and zero emissions vehicles within the transport system.
We drew upon our national and global experts across transport and infrastructure to produce a 210-page technical report that outlines the transport engineering considerations in preparing for, and maximising the benefits of, an automated and zero emissions vehicle future.
Infrastructure Victoria asked Arup to use its knowledge base, technical excellence and deep transport and infrastructure expertise to provide advice and recommendations on:
The capabilities of and impacts on Victoria’s road infrastructure, including the roadside environment and all road users
Potential impacts to planning, designing, operating and maintaining the physical road network
The type of responses needed to address the impacts.
Arup’s advice covered issues such as:
Road maintenance and monitoring, including changes to road markings and signage
Building on the existing transport framework and using place-based planning principles to best effect
Considering the variables introduced by automated and zero emissions vehicles in any, and all, future physical transport planning and development
Incorporating mobility as a service into the transport planning mix
Planning for new ways of living and working in an automated and zero emissions future.
Arup’s hard work came through strongly in Infrastructure Victoria’s advice and recommendations to the Government. This project has involved our experts from across the region and globe including New Zealand, Singapore, China, United States, United Kingdom and Ireland. This project is a great example of how Arup brings global experience and knowledge to its clients. ” Mark Rowland Associate
Infrastructure Victoria’s report
Infrastructure Victoria has delivered its advice to the Victorian Government, paving the way for a future that could see a dramatic improvement in the performance and safety of the road network, a reduction of around 27 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions by 2046, and improved social and economic benefits for all Victorians.
The final report can be found here.