TCA releases 2016-17 annual report

Koniditsiotis says there has been significant growth in use of technology applications and adoption of in-vehicle technologies

TCA releases 2016-17 annual report
The report highlights the range of activities TCA performs in relation to telematics and related technologies.


Transport Certification Australia (TCA) has released its annual report for the 2016-17 financial year.

The report highlights how TCA worked across government portfolios and industry sectors to navigate the disruptive influences of new technologies in the use of telematics and related intelligent technologies.

TCA CEO Chris Koniditsiotis says the report highlights the increasing pace at which technologically-driven changes are influencing public policy deliberations and government decision making.

"It also highlights the breadth of activities TCA now performs in relation to telematics and related technologies, and importantly, how we contribute to improved outcomes across policy areas and industry sectors," Koniditsiotis says.

"For example, during 2016-17 two new functional and technical specifications were released – which will benefit by multiple road agencies, regulators and end-users alike.

"Central to TCA’s purpose is our management of an open technology market.

"This platform approach not only provides competition and choice for the end user, it provides a standardised approach to data collection, privacy management and security across policy areas and industry sectors.

"During 2016-17 we observed a significant growth in the use of technology applications administered by TCA, and the adoption of in-vehicle technologies."

The report notes three key results:                                         

  • 27 per cent annual growth in the number of devices used that meet TCA requirements (or can do so with some amendments)
  • over 60 approved device ‘types’, ranging from smartphones to advanced in-vehicle telematics systems
  • seven active applications from technology providers seeking type-approval of devices/systems.

The open technology market provides competition and choice to end-users, and continues to drive innovation and cost savings.

"Within the report you will also find a feature on our work we have contributed to the Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) space," Koniditsiotis says.

"This includes leading the International Harmonisation Task Groups in developing connected vehicle security and standards, releasing a discussion paper and hosting an event on this matter.

"TCA also contributed to work on Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs)."

The full report can be viewed here.

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