The Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES) is being established to test highly integrated transport technology and its ability to deliver safer, cleaner and more sustainable urban transport outcomes. It is a world-first living laboratory of smart transport technologies and will be based in the streets of Melbourne.
The University of Melbourne is taking a lead role in the testing and rollout of the new transport ecosystem. Through AIMES we are working in close partnership with government and leading national and international industry sectors.
A productive transport system is essential to the liveability of cities and for industries to remain competitive in the global marketplace. With current transport infrastructure under stress, the AIMES street-based ecosystem provides a unique platform for collaborative trials of technology that connect the movement of people and goods with transport infrastructure options.
Central to AIMES is a network of smart sensors designed to connect all parts of the transport environment within a segment of Melbourne streets. The focus is on ‘multimodal’ transport – connected vehicles, connected public transport, connected pedestrians and cyclists and smart public transport stations.
Impacts at a glance
»» The global market for smart transport solutions based on integrated digital infrastructure is expected to be worth more than $100 billion by 2018.
»» The annual economic cost of road crashes and congestion in Australia is estimated at $27 billion and $18 billion per annum respectively
»» Connected transport can reduce the economic cost of road crashes by more than 90% and help reduce the cost of congestion