Transport Engineering and Planning – Civil Engineering

Transport Engineering and Planning – Civil Engineering

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Almost every day of our lives, every one of
us decides how to travel from A to B. UQ transport engineers are developing solutions to improve the safety, efficiency and sustainability of these movements, for our current and future society. Globally, more than 1 million people die in
transport crashes every year, yet transport and network managers are reliant on observing
these crashes in order to determine where issues lie. We are using advanced video analytics to identify
the precursors of crashes, such as near-misses. We will use this new insight to risky driver
behaviour to improve the transport network, transforming our ability to reduce road trauma globally. Commuters around the world waste countless hours sitting in traffic each year. Cities around the globe are seeking ways to combat traffic congestion by using existing infrastructure more efficiently by applying smart traffic
management technologies. They key to successful traffic management is to understand people’s travel behaviour. By using big data analytics to connect diverse sets of urban data, we can learn more about how people travel around cities and develop strategies to shape their behaviour to reduce congestion. Shared, autonomous, connected and electric vehicles are set to revolutionise our future transport systems. To capture the enormous
potential benefits of these mobility innovations, we must understand how these vehicles can
be fully integrated into our transport networks. UQ transport engineers are pioneering research
to understand future mobility innovations. Through the development and application of
novel simulation tools, we are modelling traffic with mixtures of traditional, connected and
autonomous vehicles to understand and predict driver behaviour, energy consumption and emissions
of tomorrow’s transport systems. The efficiency of the transport system directly
impacts quality of life in society. UQ transport engineers look forward to working with industry and government partners to develop a safe, efficient and sustainable transport system
for the future.

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