Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem

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

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