Investment in innovative transport technology is crucial for helping to manage congestion, improve mobility and ultimately save lives.
Did you know...
- The impact of congestion in Perth is expected to get worse, with Infrastructure Australia estimating that the cost of congestion on Perth's roads will more than double by the year 2031 to $3.6 billion each year.
- Congested roads suffer from higher crash rates, increased fuel consumption and more greenhouse gas emissions.
- Using technology to create a smarter transport system and preparing for a safe transition to driverless vehicles is essential for ensuring the future liveability of WA.
Making our transport system work harder and smarter
We cannot meet all our transport needs, and tackle Perth's congestion challenge by simply expanding our road network. We need to make better use of the infrastructure we already have by using new and emerging technology.
Smart transport solutions can be integrated into road, parking and community infrastructure, as well as vehicles and public transport networks to deliver a more efficient and safer transport system.
In 2012, RAC initiated a two year Traffic Signal Safety and Efficiency Project in partnership with the State Government, The project demonstrated the importance of technology for increasing the efficiency of Western Australia's traffic signals, reducing queuing and delays, and improving journey times.
WA's first Smart Freeway
New technology has been rolled-out on Kwinana Freeway northbound between Farrington Road and the Narrows Bridge, changing the way we use this section of freeway.
World-leading driverless vehicle trials
Since 2016, RAC has been testing a fully driverless, fully electric shuttle bus on WA roads — the RAC Intellibus.
By working together with our partners to deliver our Automated Vehicle Program, we're moving closer to solving urban and regional mobility challenges and readying Australia for safer, easier, cleaner mobility.
Data and privacy considerations
Automated vehicles and smart technologies will generate a greater breadth and depth of new data than our current vehicles and infrastructure and has the potential to enable a safer and more efficient transport system.
While on one hand this data will be invaluable to support evidence-based policy, strategic planning and investment decision-making to ensure the safety and efficiency of transport systems, it presents privacy challenges regarding the collection, storage and use of both personal and sensitive information that will need to be carefully managed.
RAC's position on smarter transport
RAC advocates for all Western Australians, whether they are a driver, passenger, cyclist, motorcyclist, pedestrian or public transport user.
These documents outline our public policy positions, and what we are calling on from the State and Federal Governments to support better mobility for Western Australians.
Traffic signals safety and efficiency project (PDF 143KB)
Pulse of Perth — visualising our public transport journeys