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Future Transport Research Group

Challenging transport planning practices and policies
The multi-disciplinary Future Transport Research Group looks for opportunities and sustainable, socially responsible transport solutions in a technology-enabled world.

About us

Given that our world is built around the movement of people and goods, the economic and social importance of transport for residents and businesses is clear. Different countries and cities have different transport systems, influenced by the urban and rural environments and vice versa. Transport supply consists of transport infrastructure and transport services, while demand consists of passenger and freight transport demand.

In recent years, transport systems have seen considerable change:

  • car sharing services like GoGet have influenced car ownership
  • ride hailing services like Uber have had a profound impact on point-to-point travel and taxi policies
  • the arrival of dockless bicycle services such as oBike and ReddyGo have been embraced as well as opposed
  • electric vehicles require entirely new charging infrastructures
  • novel unified payment mechanisms like our Opal card allow new opportunities for transport businesses, in particular through the concept of Mobility-as-a-Service where transport service providers organise door-to-door travel for customers

Changes in the transport system are expected to accelerate in the coming decade(s) due to the imminent arrival of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs). There is a shared view in the research community that this will be a major disruption in the transport domain. All major car manufacturers as well as large tech companies are developing CAVs. Automated vehicles are essentially robots with a variety of sensors that take over the steering task, while connected vehicles communicate with other vehicles as well as infrastructure.

Our people

Meet our academics, members and researchers.

Our events

AV revolution? Limits and chances
  • Professor Kay Axhausen, Chair of Transport Planning at the ETH Zurich
  • Wednesday 6 February 2019

Dr. K.W. Axhausen has been Professor of Transport Planning at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule (ETH) Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) since 1999. See seminar details and register.

Decarbonising Logistics
  • Professor Alan McKinnon, Kuhne Logistics University, Germany
  • 2pm, Wednesday 6 March 2019

Venue TBC. To register for this seminar, please email business.itlsinfo@sydney.edu.au

Our collaboration

We collaborate with external partners via the Transport Research Association of NSW, which also includes Transport for NSW, UTS and the University of New South Wales.

Co-directors

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Professor Michiel Bliemer
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Professor Michael Bell
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Professor David Levinson
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