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Emerging technologies and trends

By 2050 it is expected that Queensland’s population will have grown to 8 million people placing significant stress on our transport system. TMR is exploring opportunities to harness emerging technologies and services to improve the use of existing roads and transport systems.

New ways of transporting people and goods, such as electric vehicles, demand responsive transport, automated vehicles and drones could all contribute to a safer, greener and more efficient future.

To make the most of these new technologies and position Queensland to reduce congestion, improve reliability and achieve emissions reduction we need to respond to these changes now. Our future direction depends on the choices that we make for transport today.

Strategic options for future planning

To better understand how future changes may impact the transport system the department commissioned KPMG to complete a strategic options assessment to estimate and analyse the expected economic and financial impact of emerging mobility technologies in South East Queensland.

These options explored potential future policy positions the government could take to respond to new technologies, such as automated electric vehicles. The Mobility Disruptions Strategic Options Assessment report provides a comprehensive evaluation of 3 potential future fleet deployment scenarios:

1. Privately owned automated electric vehicles will have minimal effect on car ownership and the future fleet of automated electric vehicles are privately owned.

2. Commercially owned automated electric vehicles are deployed under a commercial fleet model which move people door to door. These fleet owned vehicles are not integrated with government services and compete with traditional public transport.

3. Mobility as a Service whereby automated electric vehicles are deployed under a commercial fleet model that is integrated (through feeder services) with public transport services.

This report provides the foundation for further, more detailed analysis on the strategic options identified to better understand how the benefits of emerging technologies could be maximised in Queensland.  Please read the Mobility Disruptions Strategic Options Assessment report here.

Last updated
11 April 2019