HMI Technologies and Transmax to collaborate for self-driving vehicles and more
At the ITS World Congress, HMI Technologies and Transmax signed an agreement to work together examining advances in traffic management, intelligent transportation systems (ITS), and autonomous vehicles. Delivering safety and efficiency of connected autonomous vehicles (CAVs) by connecting them with traffic management systems through ITS infrastructure such as beacons and radar will reportedly be a key focus of the agreement.
Transmax’s STREAMS traffic management system is an international class ITS product that is deisnged to deliver measurable results in safety and efficiency for state transportation agencies across Australia. According to Transmax, seeking cost-effective ITS technologies to integrate with the system as it evolves is key. The company says transport agencies are considering CAVs and how they will become part of the ecosystem. Road operators need to be able to convey congestion and safety messages and alerts to drivers through variable message signs, keeping traffic moving smoothly, passengers informed, and freight safe. When CAVs join the fleet, the understanding and processes that humans provide will be removed from that equation.
Mark Williamson, Managing Director of Transmax, explained the core motivation for entering the agreement, “The MoU will result in a closer degree of collaboration to enable innovation between each organization’s product and service offerings. The goal being to realize additional benefits in enhanced operational efficiencies, new functionality, and improved customer journey outcomes.”
HMI Technologies is a supplier of intelligent transportation systems and is in the Australian market with several products licensed and approved to integrate with STREAMS. HMI also says it is a partner in autonomous vehicle trials, working with government, commercial, and research partners in Sydney and Christchurch, with another trial planned to begin in Melbourne soon.
HMI’s R&D team is reportedly developing its own vehicles and says proving the capability to integrate with existing transport frameworks is key, as Dean Zabrieszach explained, “We identified that the transformative technologies of ITS infrastructure and CAVs were converging and that the two need to work in harmony to deliver on their full potential of safety and efficiency to urban environments.”
“We know that vehicles can communicate with our hardware, so being able to demonstrate the huge value of that to our clients, the transport agencies, is really exciting. We are well progressed on plans on developing our next generation signs which will be the enabler in this exciting development.”