31 July - 01 August, 2018 | Rydges Sydney Central, Sydney, NSW

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 31 July 2018

9:00 am - 9:20 am Conference Registration and Welcome Coffee

9:20 am - 9:30 am Opening Remarks by IQPC and the Conference Chair

9:30 am - 10:10 am KEYNOTE: An Industry Perspective on the Readiness and Capacity for Autonomous Vehicles in Australia

Dr Brett Dale - Chief Executive, Motor Trades Association of Queensland
Australian governments are investing millions of dollars in funding autonomous vehicle trials across almost all states. The ultimate aim is to create a greener, safer and more efficient transportation system with safer roads and fewer accidents, less congestion and smoother traffic, increased mobility for the elderly and disabled and improved availability of on-demand car-sharing and to optimize parking space. Dr Brett Dale, the Chief Executive for the Motor Trades Association of Queensland will explore the ability for the Australian industry to introduce and embrace autonomous vehicles, discussing the barriers including regulations, availability, consumer trust/ knowledge and technology to opportunities within various industries and job creations:

  • Red zone- challenges to adoption and how to stimulate businesses to overcome these
  • Yellow Zone- the crossroad in workforce and consumer readiness
  • Green Zone- the unlimited opportunities that arise from automation

Dr Brett Dale

Chief Executive
Motor Trades Association of Queensland

10:10 am - 10:40 am Thought Leadership Session

10:40 am - 11:10 am Speed Networking Session

An effective structured interactive session designed to help expand your network through one-to-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!


Interactive Discussion Groups (IDGs)

This is your chance to make your conference experience truly interactive and collaborative. Each IDG is set in a roundtable format and will be facilitated by an expert practitioner in the space. In two rotations, each IDG will last for 30 minutes, allowing you to pick the two top mind topics you wish to discuss and solve.

Interactive Discussion Groups (IDGs)

Topic One

11:40 am - 12:40 pm Developing a Sustainable Future Transport System: Models of Operation and The Role of Autonomous Vehicles
Bridget Spence - Senior Sustainable Transport Planner, City of Casey
Developing and commercializing autonomous vehicles bodes well for the future of transportation, but putting in place a sustainable operating model is just as important. This presentation will discuss the technical and operational issues that could arise when developing a future transportation system and also focus on the various steps, strategies and cooperation needed among stakeholders to ensure its sustainability, flexibility and affordability.

  • Planning for autonomous vehicles and transport disruptions in the transport industry and Government
  • Autonomous vehicles risk-aversion and potential to facilitate transport-oriented development.
  • Infancy of autonomous vehicle and sustainable transport policy

Bridget Spence

Senior Sustainable Transport Planner
City of Casey

Topic Two

11:40 am - 12:40 pm Transitioning Away from Manual to Automation in the Port Environment
Trevor Fitzgibbons - Development Engineer Autonomous Systems, Cargotec
  • Understanding how self-driving vehicles operate in autonomous port terminals and their impact in operations
  • Collaborating with international manufacturers to develop the most optimal systems and vehicles
  • Developments and changes in infrastructure that are necessary to support automation
  • Progressing to fully operational autonomous systems for brown-field and green-field sites

Trevor Fitzgibbons

Development Engineer Autonomous Systems

Topic Three

11:40 am - 12:40 pm Autonomous Vehicles in Local Communities
Charles Casuscelli - CEO, Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils
The potential of Autonomous Vehicles in revolutionizing small scale transport and how both passenger and freight is delivered to local communities in the form of aerial and ground based autonomous vehicles:

  • The challenges for creating the operating environment and developing the supporting infrastructure
  • The “last mile” solution for passenger public transport and for freight tasks
  • Improving the liveability of cities and regions by enhancing “local access”
  • The role of local government in providing local transport solutions to communities

Charles Casuscelli

Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils

12:40 pm - 1:40 pm NETWORKING LUNCH

1:40 pm - 2:20 pm RAC Automated Vehicle Program – Intellibus Trial

Anna Sawyer - Manager Road Safety, RAC
Many vehicles now have built in AV or driverassist technologies and are rapidly becoming increasingly automated, that is, requiring less driver intervention. Since 2015, RAC has been working to test and evaluate a fully driverless, electric shuttle bus and on the 31st of August 2016, with support from WA State Government and the City of South Perth, launched Australia’s first Automated Vehicle Trial. To date, the RAC Intellibus Trial has had more than 13,200 registrations, more than 8,200 participants, driven over 11,100kms in autonomous mode and completed over 3,100 thirty minute journeys. The Intellibus Trial has three aims, three stages, and three phases along its South Perth location, with each phase increasingly in complexity. This session will provide an overview of the RAC Intellibus Trial, including challenges and learnings from the Trial so far.

Anna Sawyer

Manager Road Safety

2:20 pm - 3:00 pm NSW Trial Case Studies: Ensuring Safety and Achieving Connectivity

John Wall - Manager Road Safety Technology, Transport for NSW
New South Wales currently leads Australia in the trial of connected and automated vehicle technology. Mr Wall will give provide an update on the numerous connected and automated vehicle projects currently underway in NSW as well as some of the preliminary findings from these projects including:

  • The CITI project which features the largest connected heavy vehicle testbed in the world and has collected more than four billion records
  • Incorporating C-ITS technology between vehicles and infrastructure so safety broadcasts and warnings can be performed
  • The Smart Shuttle Project in collaboration with Transurban being conducted at Sydney Olympic Park which utilises V2X technology in determining the readiness of highway infrastructure for automated driving

John Wall

Manager Road Safety Technology
Transport for NSW

Consumer trust in the concept of autonomous vehicles has seriously eroded in the wake of a few high profile and some fatal, autonomous car crashes.
While statistics and initial testing of AV suggest that its wide adoption would decrease vehicle related fatalities and keep drivers, passengers and pedestrians safer, the scepticism that surrounds AVs makes their phasing in a challenge
This panel will explore:
·         Whether/ how the community understands what is coming
  • Developing consumer trust through trials and manufacturers taking responsibility with insurance and warranties
  • Government policies hindering adoption of AVs
  • Taxes
  • No incentives for consumers
  • Regulation
  • Who determines values/morals that form the basis of programming
Panel Members:
Ian Webb- CEO, Roads Australia
Dr Brett Dale- Chief Executive, Motor Trades Association of Queensland
Anna Sawyer- Manager Road Safety, RAC
Grant Pearce- Head of Product, Personal Lines, QBE

Ian Webb

Roads Australia


Dr Brett Dale

Chief Executive
Motor Trades Association of Queensland


Anna Sawyer

Manager Road Safety


Grant Pearce

Head of Product – Personal Lines


4:10 pm - 4:50 pm Mobility as a Service or Mobility as a Business?

Ian Webb - CEO, Roads Australia
Governments around the world manage roads and maintain them purely on a “cost recovery” basis. In developed countries all this may change within the next fifteen years. New business models envisage a world in which huge fleets of autonomous vehicles replace the need for private car ownership. This questions our assumptions about government ownership and management.

If governments continue to maintain and price roads as they do now, this may quietly transfer a community benefit into a subsidy for commercial companies. How should we manage roads when the goal posts are moving?

Ian Webb

Roads Australia

4:50 pm - 5:30 pm Transport Disruptions: The Ease and Accessibility of Airports

Bruce Macnee - Manager Aerotropolis and City Planning, Liverpool City Council
With the rise of autonomous vehicles, the extent of disruption to transport including at airports, public transportation and freight movement is yet to be determined. Traditional reliance on parking revenue at airports may need to be reassessed and appropriate infrastructure developments to ensure AVs reduce congestion. Furthermore, there is fear that AVs may become a better alternative to domestic flights and reduce the need for air travel. There are also an abundance of opportunities that open up to reduce carbon footprints and pollution, free up space from reduced parking demand, improve congestion and improve the health and amenity of residents live in proximity of airports.

  • Incorporating an adaptive approach to future airport development such as adaptable car parks and transport corridors
  • Airports as multi-modal transport hubs as seen at Schiphol airport
  • Embracing autonomous vehicles as a means to reduce the “last mile” component of a trip and creating cost effective rapid and relaxing commutes
  • Pioneering AV technology to provide a rapid connection from Liverpool CBD to the new Western Sydney Airport
  • Utilizing AVs for ground transport at airports

Bruce Macnee

Manager Aerotropolis and City Planning
Liverpool City Council

5:30 pm - 5:30 pm End of Day One and Networking Drinks