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Intelligent transport systems

We are driving the development of new transport systems

It is widely recognised that we are on the verge of a disruptive change in the way mobility will be provided. The Australian Centre for Field Robotics is playing a key role by working on a variety of research innovations in air and land transport.

Projects

Our experts: Professor Eduardo Nebot, Dr Stewart Worrall, Dr James Ward, Mr Alex Zyner, Ms Wei Zhou

Our industry partners: ibeo Automotive, Nvidea

The Intelligent Transport Systems group is working with ibeo Automotive on urban perception. The group has developed a ground sensor vehicle with lasers and navigation sensors that collect naturalistic driving data for autonomous vehicle research.

The group has also established a program with Nvidea and is working with the automotive graphics processing unit to navigate using deep learning algorithms.

Our experts: Professor Eduardo Nebot, Dr Stewart Worrall, Dr James Ward, Mr Thomas Teo

Our industry partners: Group Renault Regienov

Collaborating with Group Renault Regienov in France, the team is working out ways to anticipate driver behaviours, to assist with autonomous driving capabilities in urban environments. The project gathers data from navigation and perception sensors to estimate the complexity of autonomous tasks in vehicle commuting.

Our experts: Professor Eduardo Nebot, Dr Stewart Worrall, Dr James Ward

The ACFR is one of the partners of the iMOVE Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) that received a $55 million grant from the federal government. The group has begun collaborations with automotive companies regarding vehicle-to-vehicle communications and autonomy areas.

Our experts: Professor Eduardo Nebot, Dr Stewart Worrall, Dr James Ward, Mr Charika De Alvis, Ms Stephany Berrios and Mr Alex Zyner

Our industry partners: University of Michigan, Ford Motors Company

This intelligent transport system project involves a number of researchers and PhD students from the University of Sydney and Michigan University working together to address the automation challenges of the next generation of urban vehicles. The project looks into perception, mapping and decision and control.

Our experts: Professor Eduardo Nebot, Dr Stewart Worrall, Mr Alex Zyner

Our industry partners: European Commission

The Australian Centre for Field Robotics is one of two external partners for the BRAVE project funded by the European Commission and part of the Horizon 2020 Program. The groups will start a collaboration with the University of Alcala in the area of driver intention and safe interaction between manual and autonomous vehicles.

Our experts: Professor Eduardo Nebot, Dr Stewart Worrall, Dr James Ward, Mr Charika DeAlvis, Mr Thomas Teo

Our industry partners: Applied Electric Vehicles

In the future we will likely see a transition from hydrocarbon-based engines to electric motors and battery technologies, as well as vehicle automation and driverless technology. These technologies provide efficient, zero-emission transportation. It’s believed that shared driverless electric vehicles could dramatically improve vehicle utilisation rates, providing continuous point-to-point transportation. The Australian Centre for Field Robotics is at the forefront of this technology.

The Intelligent Transport Systems group is leading the charge in deploying autonomous electric vehicle technology. This includes the development and demonstration of new mobility within a university campus environment, which has the potential to revolutionise travel around the university and influence future building development and campus infrastructure.

Our experts: Professor Salah Sukkarieh, Dr Zhe Xu

Our industry partners: Qantas Airways

The centre has developed novel flight planning algorithms and supporting software systems that are helping Qantas Airways to deliver fuel and carbon saving via optimal routing of aircraft. The project concluded in 2017 with the handover of software to Qantas for operations.