Project dates: 2024 - 2028
A successful application for an Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Automated Vehicles in Rural and Remote Regions was announced in July 2023.
This new centre will be a collaborative and interdisciplinary effort. Chief investigators are coming together from QUT’s Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety – Queensland (CARRS-Q), the QUT Design Lab, Centre for Data Science, and Centre for Robotics, plus leading researchers, industry, and government partners from all around Australia.
ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres are major five year federally funded centres, with $5M core funding plus more cash and in-kind provided by university, industry and government partners. They have a substantive focus on training of the talent required and development of the capabilities needed for Australia’s industries to be transformed into the future.
The Centre will build skills and capability to test and deploy safe, socially acceptable, automated vehicles (AV) for rural, regional, and remote Australian public roads, where manufacturing, agriculture, mining, and defence industries face significant challenges of driver shortages, rising costs, long distances, rough roads, and environmental impacts.
The Centre will unite technology providers, regulators, government, and end users with world-leading interdisciplinary researchers to create new human-AV systems, datasets, frameworks, case studies, platforms, and a vastly upskilled workforce. This will reduce transport costs, increase capacity, boost supply chain efficiency and resilience, improve road safety, and elevate Australian capability.
ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres 2023.