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Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs)

The future of transport will include the transformation of the vehicle fleet into one that is connected, cooperative and automated. This transformation will enhance accessibility and mobility through improved road safety and traffic flow. Current CAV-related developments have identified multiple opportunities for vehicle manufacturers, infrastructure providers, government road and transport agencies, and road operators to collaborate and cooperate to develop this dynamic environment in order to maximise community benefits.

The convergence of these different industry sectors leads to 
a growing need to integrate technology solutions within transport engineering towards a connected and cooperative environment. TMC recognises this holistic approach towards the future of transport and is well equipped with the knowledge and expertise in traffic and transport engineering and CAVs to assist with this movement.

TMC can provide a range of services in the context of connected and automated vehicles including the development of business and technology strategy, enterprise and solution architecture, research, managing trials and pilots, organisational capability planning, data planning and management, development and review of technical specifications, and program and project management. 

Our team has had extensive involvement with Australian government road and transport agencies, developing strategies and providing guidance to support connected and automated vehicles through a connected and cooperative road network. Our background has allowed us to develop an in-depth understanding and appreciation for the future of CAV technology and deployment. 

Recent engagements include:

  • Technical engineering services and advice for planning, development and testing an SAE Level 3 Ford Ranger capable of traversing public roads at high speed. This included various aspects such as development of the concept of operations, engineering project documentation, safety management planning, risk management, route assessment and traffic management planning.​

  • Technical input and assurance for the creation of virtual variable message sign (VVMS) messages for in-vehicle navigation and smartphone apps. This included the requirements and architecture for the creation, management and provision of VVMS messages to drivers, along with data quality standards and vehicle data messaging standards (including C-ITS).

  • Technical engineering services to assist development of an SAE Level 3 Hyundai Kona capable of being remotely operated using a teleoperation driving rig and 5G communications. Our work included development of the concept of operations, engineering project documentation, safety management planning, risk management, route assessment and traffic management planning.

  • A vision and roadmap for an advanced road safety corridor providing enhanced real-time information to in-vehicle devices and traveller apps. It has incorporated use of a range of agency and externally procured data including signs, signals and pavement markings. We evaluated the quality of data and its applicability for CAVs and established data quality requirements.

  • A national study of the use of vehicle-generated data available to road agencies. This included a review of signs and pavement marking data from commercial providers and an analysis of agency needs, use cases and benefits.

  • Technical assurance and input to a national C-ITS strategy project, which investigated options for deployment of C-ITS across Australia. The work included technical input and guidance on C-ITS readiness assessment, business model options, cost benefit analysis and final technical report.

  • A connected vehicle road agency capability model for Australian and New Zealand road agencies that describes the capabilities required by agencies to support a connected vehicle environment.

  • A CAV data provision framework for Australian and New Zealand road agencies that included:

    • a Capability Model that depicts the spectrum of connected, cooperative and automated vehicles (CAVs) that need to be supported from now to a fully automated future​

    • Reference Conceptual Architectures that provide business and information systems models that can be used to support provision of incidents, roadwork, static speed limits, variable speed limits and lane control signals, traffic signals and heavy vehicle road access restrictions to CAVs

    • a gap analysis to evaluate current agency capabilities when compared with the Capability Model and Reference Conceptual Architectures

    • Implementation guidance to assist agencies in improving their data provision capabilities to CAVs.

  • The enterprise architecture for the Ipswich Connected Vehicle Pilot in Queensland - the largest connected vehicle deployment in Australia.

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