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INTELLIGENT HIGHWAYS VICROADS


Victorian ideals Tom Langford charts VicRoads’ journey towards smarter roads I


t’s fitting that Victoria’s capital is playing host to the 2016 World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems, as we have a lot of experience in world firsts when it comes to embrac-


ing new technologies. From the use of breathalysers to leading the development


of integrated intelligent transport systems, Victorians have a history of embracing technology and adapting it to meet our own needs. In the next 10 years, a million more people will call Victoria


home. Keeping Melbourne among the world’s most liveable cities will mean adapting intelligent systems to keep our state thriving and connected.


CONNECTED AUSTRALIA SUPPLEMENT VicRoads is the key force behind our state’s efforts to build


the next generation of integrated transport solutions on our road network. The authority is responsible for planning, devel- oping and managing more than 22,000km of roads across our state, including what will be one of the longest sections of smart roads in the world. Even as far back as the early 1980s, Victoria recognised the


importance of emerging computer technologies to improve the safety, efficiency and environmental performance of our road system. One of the first examples of this spirit of innovation was our adoption of the dynamic and adaptive traffic signal technol-


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