March 2019

The next few weeks will be important ones for us here at MTAiQ.

On March 21, we will be holding the third edition of MTA Queensland’s Carmageddon conference.

A chance to hear (and see, thanks to a number of electric vehicles being on display) the latest on the technological advances occuring within the automotive industry, Carmageddon has become a leading event on the calendar of those interested in and involved in the innovation evolution of the industry.

While Carmageddon is an important fixture for us, plenty of other things have been going on as we continue to work to engage with stakeholders and advance the understanding of that evolution.

Amongst the many meetings and network events that MTAiQ representatives have attended in February was the MIT Global Entrepreneurship and Innovation Bootcamp, and a QUT Innovation Research Showcase on ‘What makes entrepreneurs successful and resilient?’.

Also on the calendar was a tour of MTA Institute and the MTAiQ Hub by Logan YMCA Vocational School Students.

The YMCA school offers a positive environment and training ‘to assist disengaged students to achieve their full potential through positive educational studies, activities, and outcomes’. It was a pleasure to have them on site.

Another excursion took place at the beginning of March when Nathan Luu Nguyen, MTAiQ‘s Community Manager, joined a group of others involved in the innovation sector to travel to the Sunshine Coast to tour the Peregian Digital Hub, the University of the Sunshine Coast Innovation Centre, and the Smart Centre Living Lab.

On the trip with Nathan were representatives from Logan City Council and Innov8 Logan, Griffith University and Redland City Council.

These are the types of connections and networks that it is vital to cultivate as the auto industry moves to a more technological footing. Academia, local government and other innovation hubs will be instrumental in helping society move towards new systems and new mobility solutions.

On that note, MTAiQ and MTA Queensland will be in the thick of things at the beginning of April when we attend the two-day technology QODE festival in Brisbane. We will be present offering insight into our own work, insights and developments, while our CEO, Dr Brett Dale, will be part of panel discussing ‘Next Generation Transportation – an emerging industry’ and the opportunities for innovation and economic rewards for cities and states that adopt this tech early.

IN THE NEWS

The pace of change does not stop, and the news, as always, is a blizzard of stories about new tech, new concepts, new ideas and, this month, a pretty big story as Amazon makes an invetment in U.S. electric vehicle maker Rivian. You can read more about that on page 36.

On a local note, research into the abilities of artificial intelligence (AI) continues as a team from QUT head out across Queensland to test AI sensors and computers on a trip that will take them along 1200km of the state’s roads. Among the researchers is Professor Michael Milford, who sits on the board of the MTA Institute training organisation, and the trip should result in some interesting and revealing data. There’s more on that story on page 32.

GOT AN IDEA? LET US KNOW!

As always, I will take this opportunity to remind you that the MTAiQ Innovation Hub is here not only to be an industry voice as disruption comes to the automotive sector, but also to encourage, nurture and develop concepts that can help the industry take advantage of that disruption.

We are always on the lookout for those concepts and if you think you have just such an idea, don’t be afraid to share it with us. We can help you develop it and, perhaps, take it to the next level.

As author Mark Twain said: ‘The man with a new idea is a crank – until the idea succeeds.’

So let’s hear it! Until next time.