South Australia has scooped the pool at the 2016 Intelligent Transport Systems Australia National Awards winning three out of the five awards, including two Government initiatives.

Addinsight – a free app which forewarns drivers when they are approaching congestion and traffic delays – won the Government Award.

The app, developed by Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure employees James Cox and Mark Shotton, and DPTI’s Traffic Management Centre, uses real-time Bluetooth traffic data to generate verbal warnings through a vehicle’s hands-free phone network.

The app is currently being trialled by five other road authorities within Australia and New Zealand with commercial agreements possibly being reached within the next year.

The State Government was also recognised with the Automated Vehicle Award, for hosting the Southern Hemisphere’s first on-road driverless car trials and introducing legislative changes to encourage the testing of autonomous vehicles in South Australia.

The University of Adelaide’s Centre for Automotive Safety Research won the Research Award for a study into the safety benefits of connected vehicle technology.

Background

The Addinsight app uses a network of more than 400 Bluetooth receivers to generate real-time travel times and identify delays and congestion.

The data is then provided back to the driver in the form of spoken alerts, giving the driver advanced warning of the location of delays and how many minutes of travel time those delays are expected to cause.

This allows motorists to divert to another route to avoid the delay.

More than 11,000 motorists have downloaded the free app which is available on both Apple and Android.

South Australian staged the first on-road trials of driverless cars were last November on the Southern Expressway, with ADVI, Volvo and a number of industry partners.

The trials coincided with the first international driverless car conference in Australia, hosted by the State Government.

Earlier this year the Government introduced Australian-first legislation to allow for on-road trials of autonomous vehicles.

Last week the Government announced it would invest $10 million to boost testing, research and development of connected and autonomous vehicle technologies in South Australia.

Quotes attributable to Transport and Infrastructure Minister Stephen Mullighan

The Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, and in particular DPTI employees Mark Shotton and James Cox, should be applauded for their initiative in creating such a valuable yet inexpensive piece of technology.

The AddInsight app is a fantastic example of innovative technology developed right here in South Australia with the scope to change people’s lives around the world by improving travel times and is a great example of the benefits intelligent transport systems are already providing to motorists.

It is a vital tool for any driver who navigates the Adelaide road network, by forewarning drivers of incidents, enabling them to avoid those locations and save valuable minutes of travel time.

By making it easier to get around our city streets and reducing the amount of time spent in traffic we are further adding to Adelaide’s reputation for being one of the world’s most liveable cities.

We are also proud that our efforts to put South Australia at the forefront of this burgeoning industry have been recognised in these awards, which reflect the Government’s leadership in connected and autonomous vehicle technology.

Hosting the Southern Hemisphere’s first on-road trials of driverless vehicles with ADVI, Volvo and our other partners was a coup for South Australia.

That event together with our legislative changes, and our $10 million investment in new research and testing, has positioned our State at the forefront of this industry, which is expected to be worth $90 billion by 2030 and sends a signal to the world that South Australia is open for business.