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A series where we talk to traffic and mobility experts, discuss innovations, and highlight business leaders within transport and city planning.
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Applying data-driven methods to city planning | Interview with Tom Steal

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TL;DL - Gender diversity and misconceptions
Too Long; Didn't Listen - the best bits from our episodes in 15 minutes or less. In this episode, we break down the best bits of our interview with Lauren Bourke, including: - Gender diversity in transport - Misconceptions from businesses and candidates - Practical tips for businesses to improve diversity
10:28
June 23, 2021
Using smart city technology to make parking sexy and seamless | Interview with Michael Doherty
Parking is probably the last on the list to be considered a sexy transport topic. For most of us, the drudgery of often blindly hunting for parking is an ugly necessity in our journey from A to B.  Michael Doherty, the Head of Business Development at Smarter City Solutions, wants to change this. He talks through the ways technology and smart sensors are improving the customer experience of parking; Michael also walks through the need for greater transparency in the parking industry, digitisation via park and pay apps, and the removal of friction for drivers. In this episode you'll learn about: Technology-led disruption The impact of the share economy  Why is parking so expensive? How to land yourself discounted inner-city parking Smarter city solutions website: 
30:05
June 21, 2021
The digitisation of road infrastructure and the importance of business partnerships | Interview with Jeff Sharp
The advent of new technology has opened the floodgates for people working within Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and general public alike. In the last 5 years, we've seen applications of IoT, Digital twin tech, connected vehicles, and smart sensors to our road networks when less than 10 years ago, such applications were deemed impossible.  Our guest today is Jeff Sharp, General Manager of Technology Partnerships and Innovation at Transurban. Jeff has over 20 years experience leading innovation, developing strategic technology partnerships and delivering innovation initiatives to support business growth. In particular, we talk about what this new technology means for road tolls, road safety, and the importance of partnerships in realising innovative solutions. In this episode you'll hear about: The technology disrupting toll roads How to future-proof our road infrastructure for the era of autonomous vehicles Applications of new ITS tech to improve safety and user experience The importance of partnerships for innovation What can we expect from transport infrastructure in the next 100 years?
24:55
June 6, 2021
Is more effective driver training the key to reducing road fatalities? | Interview with Gene Corbett
Driver training is a fairly overlooked and unregulated process. Many of us first learn to driver from our parents or guardians for a majority of the mandated hours under government L-plate schemes; but does the ability to drive automatically give you the ability to teach and pass on good driving behaviours? Not necessarily. In this episode we sit down with Gene Corbett, the Managing Director of Total Driver Australia, to discuss how driver training - for drivers and driving instructors alike - can be a preventative force in the fight against road fatalities. With over 15 years experience under his belt, Gene walks us through something called 'the default', the importance of practical behavioural changes even before a driver steps in the car, and how such changes to the way we teach drivers behind a wheel can decrease crash rates in some of our most vulnerable.  Total drivers website: www.totaldriver.com.au
29:29
May 17, 2021
A culture of innovation: making cities safer and more user friendly | Interview with Dave Jones
Often when we consider innovations across transport, we think of AI, automation, and Big Data. But what if there are much simpler solutions that are right under our noses? Often we neglect to think about how we can augmented the infrastructure we've already got - improve road friction, or even the user experience of a pedestrian crossing.  On this episode, we chat with Dave Jones, External Affairs Director for Smarterlite Group - dedicated to making our roads, buildings, and infrastructure better, safer, and greener - about how something as small as improving the friction on our roads can decrease crash factors by up to 40%. Dave, who has over 25 years experience across public and private businesses in transport, is a strong advocate for spearheading a culture of innovation within government bodies and transport in general, and for improving the user experience of the built environment.  Fostering a culture of innovation within transport and infrastructure benefits all road and roadsiders users; so how do we make this the norm? Smarterlite's website: www.smarterlite.com
34:15
April 19, 2021
The role of micro-mobility and shared mobility in the built environment | Interview with Monica Zarafu
Did you know that the term 'micro-mobility' didn't even exist until around 2012? Or that it was thought to be first used by a Romanian visionary, Horace Dediu? Neither did we until this week! Emily sits down with Monica Zarafu, the managing director of BYKKO to talk about mobility and micro-mobility in the built environment. In a world where one of the biggest fears we install in our children from a young age is a fear of cars, what might the future look like if we invest more into shared mobility infrastructure?  BYKKO's Website: https://bykko.com.au/
25:44
April 5, 2021
Breaking down barriers in logistics and business | Interview with Enrica Centorame
What would you do if suddenly you became totally unemployable? That's exactly what happened to today's guest when she came back to Australia after working in Europe for 10 years. On today's episode, we chat with Enrica Centorame, Managing Director of Global Forwarding, the the first certified women-owned logistics company in Australia. Enrica is an advocate for procurement diversity and connects with Indigenous and Veteran-owned businesses, utilising where possible diverse suppliers around the world. As a Certified Woman-Owned Business, Global Forwarding is an accredited, globally recognised Diverse Supplier. Global Forwarding is committed to supporting the Murra Indigenous Master Class at Melbourne Business School and the Asian Social Impact Centre. In the words of Enrica: "I'd rather have 80% of something good, than 100% of something bad" Global Forwardings website: https://globalforwarding.com.au/
22:07
March 21, 2021
Gender diversity in the transport industry | Interview with Lauren Bourke
Did you know that women only make up 16.9% of all roles in the transport sector? That includes all drivers, admin, and office roles. It's no secret that the transport industry has long been dominated by men. New data is helping shed light on the severity of the imbalance we are facing, and the tangible benefits to a business' bottom line of addressing it. In celebration of NSW Womens Week (8th -14th March, 2021) Emily sat down with Lauren Bourke, the National Transport Manager at Randstad, to discuss the findings of their December 2020 Women in Transport report, detail practical advice for businesses to increase gender diversity, and the misconceptions surrounding women-at-work.  Link to download the full report: https://www.randstad.com.au/employers/areas-of-expertise/industrial-manufacturing/women-in-transport-report/
23:02
March 7, 2021
Efficiency and integration across different transport systems | Interview with Dr Yale Z Wong
Emily sits down with Yale Z Wong, PhD, and Principal at Dr Transportation international transport advisory to discuss efficiency across our transport networks, and what can be done to address fragmentation across different transport and mobility systems. What can be done on a regulatory level? Is emotion-led decision making partially to blame for our fragmented transport network? Yale Z Wong is an international advisor and social entrepreneur in the public transport and intelligent transport systems (ITS) sectors. He holds positions as ANZ Market Lead at the Cities Forum and is an Honorary Associate at the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS).  Yale is a thought leader, a strategic advisor, and a powerful industry advocate in the public transport and intelligent transport systems (ITS) sectors, having won the David Willis Prize (2018), ITLS Research Prize (2018), and selected by ITS Australia as Youth Ambassador to the World Congress (2019), and as recipient of the Young Professional Award (2019). Yale's website: https://www.drtransportation.org
32:59
February 15, 2021
Applying data-driven methods to city planning | Interview with Tom Steal
What do Ferrari's and shopping centres have in common? We sat down with Tom Steal from McLaren Traffic Consultants to talk about how quantitative data can be applied to city planning processes to help generate more meaningful outcomes for different stakeholders. Learn more about how data can be used to improve city planning at www.compassiot.com.au
21:01
December 6, 2020
Traffic Impact Studies: Why are they important? | Interview with Nick Karahlis
We sit down with traffic engineer, Nick Karahlis - the owner and founder of Sydney-based consultancy NK Traffic - as we talk all-things related to traffic surveys, public transport, and the future of mobility.
22:57
September 4, 2020