We are continuously planning and adapting for the future of transport through updates in modes of transport, emerging technology and industry changes. Here’s a look at some of the future-focused work we’ve been working on over the past year.
Mobility as a service is a new concept brought about by technology advances and customer expectations. It involves having a single way to plan, manage and pay for a trip that may take place over a combination of public and private providers.
We are working with key stakeholders to make sure that our services will meet the needs of the future customer. Working with industry we have developed a roadmap of key actions required for mobility as a service to become a reality in the future. This work has included:
- establishing a program management office to lead this work
- performing customer research to understand customer needs and requirements
- investigating market options in urban, regional and remote areas.
We are running several modelling projects to help us understand how automated vehicles will impact Queensland’s transport system in the future:
- studying how autonomous vehicles will interact with public transport across South East Queensland
- investigating how automated vehicle technologies will impact on mobility as a service models in Cairns and Townsville
- modelling the impacts that automated vehicle technology will have on Queensland’s freight industry and the broader economy.
Results from these projects will be released in 2018–19.
The work that we are doing on automated vehicles will also contribute to a national policy relating to these vehicles and other intelligent transport systems.
We released the Electric Vehicle Strategy in October 2017. This strategy outlines 16 initiatives that the Queensland Government will implement to encourage consumer support and update of these vehicles.
Part of this strategy is the Queensland Electric Super Highway, which is a series of fast-charging stations from the Gold Coast to Cairns, and Brisbane to Toowoomba. Phase 1 of the highway was completed in January 2018.
We have committed another $2.5 million to install more charging stations along the Bruce Highway to give electric vehicle drivers more options for filling up and reducing the distance between charging stations.
Read more in our annual report