The brightest minds from Western Australia’s universities are exploring opportunities for delivering innovative, cost effective safety and productivity solutions for the heavy vehicle industry.
Transport and Innovation Minister Bill Marmion has launched a Heavy Vehicle Hackathon at Curtin University’s Internet of Everything Innovation Centre as part of the Federal Government’s commitment to innovation that benefits industry.
“We want to harness the brightest minds from our WA universities to generate ideas and information to assess the viability of digitising heavy vehicle number plates,” Mr Marmion said.
Not many details are available about what a digitised number plate (or ‘smart plate’) would provide to industry but ideally it would hold enough information to allow heavy vehicle users seeking to increase their vehicle size and/or load capacity to improve efficiency, productivity and profitability.
Greater capacity, fewer trips
The WA Government is hoping that the smart plates will help to better utilise heavy vehicles by delivering the same or greater capacity with fewer trips on public roads, to not only improve the safety of all road-users, but also create less wear and tear on vehicles and the road network.
Four West Australian universities are taking part in the Hackathon – Curtin University, Edith Cowan University, Murdoch University and The University of Western Australia.
“This Government is committed to creating and developing innovative solutions and services for the heavy vehicle industry,” said Mr Marmion.
If a successful ‘smart plate’ design and functionality is presented at the Hackathon, Main Roads Western Australia will then proceed to a prototype and testing of the design.
The winning Hackathon team will be announced at an award night to be held on Friday 16 December 2016.
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