The Crashlab in Western Sydney.
NSW Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance and NSW Minister for Roads Duncan Gay have announced the establishment of the state’s first Smart Innovation Centre in Western Sydney – a new research and development hub for emerging transport and road technology.
Minister Constance said the new centre will be a world-class innovation incubator that brings together industry, investors, researchers, government agencies, vehicle manufacturers, technology providers and data analysts to maximise opportunities.
“The centre will help us understand how we need to plan and build road and transport infrastructure to prepare for future technology,” Mr Constance said.
“Partnerships with local and international experts will be vital to the success of the Smart Innovation Centre.
“We are calling for expressions of interest from industry, investors and academics to bring visionary commercial and technical expertise to our world leading centre.”
Minister Gay said this wasn’t just about future technology for infrastructure – it’ll also be looking towards the future of automated vehicles.
“Road safety is one of the NSW Government’s key priorities as new vehicle technology is developed and made available.
“To prepare for the arrival of automated vehicles in the Australian car market, we’re working closely with our federal and interstate counterparts examining the necessary legislative, regulatory and road design changes – we want to get this right.
“This hub is going to support and optimise the outcomes of the introduction of automated vehicles as well as look at solutions for congestion and road safety.
The existing Crashlab in Western Sydney will be transformed into the leading research and testing facility.
“It makes sense to locate the centre in Western Sydney, in a location that has plenty of opportunity in the country’s third largest economy and one of the biggest contributors to Australia’s ideas boom,” Mr Gay said.