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
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: http://www.cyclingrachelsmith.com/
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
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:
The impact of the share economy
Why is parking so expensive?
How to land yourself discounted inner-city parking
Smarter city solutions website:
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?
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
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
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/
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/
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/
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
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
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.