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Is more effective driver training the key to reducing road fatalities? | Interview with Gene Corbett

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Electric Vehicles: Is Australia falling behind? | Interview with Paul Maric
The Electric and Net Zero Emissions Vehicle discussion has reached a fever pitch in Australia. Difference state governments are busy replacing their own diesel bus fleets with electric buses, new legislation continues to swirl around, but what does this all mean for you as a car owner or potential EV buyer? In this episode we chat with Paul Maric, the Managing Editor at CarExpert. Paul is a wealth of knowledge for all-things Electric Vehicle related. He has always had a passion for writing and learning about cars (and making sure you don't end up with a lemon) - after all, Paul started his first car website when he was just 17! He also provides a fairly unique  perspective, looking at the EV debate from an accessible consumer angle to explore how policy and choices affect ordinary Australians.  You'll hear about: Current Australian EV legislation  Some of the hurdles on the consumer-side of EVs The misconceptions, trends, and good-to-knows about EVs If you're looking to buy an EV, which one should you go for?
September 5, 2021
Taking a people-first approach to emerging technology | Interview with Rajesh Thangaraj
Meet Schneider Electric's Rajesh Thangaraj, responsible for the leading Edge business enablement in pacific region, within the Secure Power division. Rajesh is a wealth of knowledge of all-things emerging technology and Edge Computing across multiple sectors, including health, retail, and transport. But what Rajesh sees as the most important thing a company can do to stay ahead of the never ending curve is to invest in their people and leverage the power of humans natural adaptability skills.  In this episode you'll learn about: Rajesh's career journey Why should you care about edge computing? How emerging tech drives intelligent transport systems and smart city development Trends, including digitisation and human-centric approaches
August 23, 2021
TL;DL - What can we expect for the future of connected vehicles?
In this episode of TL;DL we share a snippet of our latest webinar "The Emergence of Connected Vehicles: Applications in the Transport Space", held on the 5th August, 2021. We asked our three panelists what they hoped the future of connected vehicles might look like, and what was their favourite emerging innovation. You'll hear from: Sam Gray, the Principal Manager of Traffic Network Optimisation at Transurban Edmund Cheung, the Principal Lead for Modelling and Data analytics at ASON Group Dr David Logan, Senior research fellow at the Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC)
August 9, 2021
How to design more inclusive cities | Interview with Sue Boyce
In Australia, more than 4.4 million people live with some form of disability. That's roughly 1 in 5 people.  Often there is a stereotypical depict that a 'disability' is something more permanent or severe, such as blindness or wheelchair use. But a disability isn't necessarily something that is long-term. Quite often, you or someone you know has suffered an illness or an injury that impacts the ability to move freely and independently. Whether that be temporary use of crutches while navigating a busy train station, a cast for a broken arm that makes it difficult for you to stand on a bus, or anything that changes the way you interact with the city around you. On this episode, we sat down with Sue Boyce, the CEO of Ability Works Australia to discuss some of the challenges faced by people that live with disabilities in their daily lives. Everything to the accessibility options in a doctors office that impact your healthcare choices, whether the width of a tram station can actually accomodate a wheelchair, and the economic and social impacts on our society when we don't design with inclusivity for all people in mind. In this episode you'll hear about: Social Procurement and how to operate an inclusive supply chain User-centered design for city infrastructure Accessibility disparities between urban and rural centers The economic cost of unintentionally excluding people with either short-term or long-term disabilities. 
August 1, 2021
The perils and pitfalls of averages | Interview with David Brown
We've been inundated with data. In particular, the transport sector is having a data renaissance; it's everywhere and available for almost everything. But there can be too much of a good thing. We sat down with David Brown, Life Member and Past National President of the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management (AITPM), to discuss some of the biggest trends in transport. David walks through the dangers of data and confirmation bias, and reinforces the importance that it is the data you DON'T have that is more important than the data in front of you. Aside from data, David also discusses some of the misconceptions around electric and zero net-emission vehicles. In this episode you'll learn about: The dangers of relying on averages How big data amplifies confirmation bias Misconceptions around electric vehicles 
July 19, 2021
Solving real problems, for real people, in real places | Interview with Rachel Smith
Transport has a marketing problem. Often we way we approach behavioural change is through fear, stressing the environmental consequences, or the health benefits of leaving the car at home in favour of a bike or public transport. But what if we were going about this the wrong way?  On this episode, Emily chats with Rachel Smith - Transport and urban planner, author, and 2x TEDx talk speaker - to discuss congestion and the concept of cycling super highways. Rachel discusses the need for transport planners to look at how we communicate congestion and frame our problems as solutions so they are relatable to the people they impact the most. In particular, she discusses how transport could learn a thing or two from good marketing, never underestimating personal connections and incentives, and the importance of agile solution-oriented thinking. Rachel's website:
July 4, 2021
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
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: 
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?
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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
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.
September 4, 2020