Announced earlier this year by the New South Wales Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance and Minister for Roads Duncan Gay, the Smart Innovation Centre is a new research and development hub for emerging transport and road technology, which will be located in Western Sydney.

A new hub for transport technology

The new centre which will be operational by mid- 2017, aims to be a world-class innovation incubator which brings together industry, investors, researchers, government agencies, vehicle manufacturers, technology providers and data analysts to make sure Transport for NSW is involved in new transport technologies right from the start.

Transport for NSW invited expressions of interest from across the transport industry, with a particular emphasis on organisations involved in the development of driverless vehicles and intelligent transport systems.

A key purpose of the Smart Innovation Centre will be around the type of infrastructure that the government will need to invest in to meet the transport technology needs of the future.

Hi-tech cars need hi-spec infrastructure

Transport technology is not limited to innovation in car and vehicle design. The cars and trucks of the future are going to need roads and other transport infrastructure that meets their needs.  Work is already well underway in Europe and the USA on innovations such as:

  • The smart highway that features ‘glow-in-the-dark’ highway markings that improve road safety and save energy.
  • Roads that include embedded induction coils that can charge electric cars as they drive across them
  • Solar roads, consisting of solar panels tough enough to drive on.
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Transport innovation is not limited to cars

While much of the discussion around transport innovation centres on commuter transport in urban areas, there is also a quiet revolution taking place in transport equipment used in the construction and mining industries.

These companies stand to gain huge cost and safety benefits from innovations such as driverless transport and other technology advances that prolong the life, improve safety and drive down the operational costs of construction machines.

Used construction equipment and used construction machinery is perfect for using to test emerging transport technologies. While the machines may have been superseded by newer models, used construction equipment and heavy mining and construction machines are designed for long-term, repeated use with engines and parts made from heavy-duty, quality components.

Resolute Equipment keeps up-to-date with all the transport industry innovations that have anything to do with mining and construction equipment. As a supplier of quality machines, parts and attachments from all the big names such as CAT, Hitachi and Komatsu, we need to keep our finger on the pulse of transport trends.

We provide the construction and mining industries with the best new and used construction equipment for sale across Australia. To benefit from quality equipment at an unbeatable price, contact us.