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Martin Matthews, Ministry of Transport Chief Executive, has won an international award for championing intelligent transport systems (or ITS) in New Zealand.

Mr Matthews won the World Congress on ITS Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award for his leadership in the transport technology sector.

Under Mr Matthews’ leadership, the Ministry of Transport and other government agencies developed the world-leading New Zealand Intelligent Transport Systems Technology Action Plan, which also won a Hall of Fame Award last year. The action plan identifies 42 key areas where the Government has an essential role to play in advancing the adoption of ITS technology in New Zealand.

“ITS technology will create dramatic improvements in the safety, environmental performance and efficiency of the transport system. The Ministry of Transport is working to ensure New Zealand’s regulatory system and transport infrastructure are ready for new transport technologies to be tested and deployed in New Zealand,” Mr Matthews says.

Mr Matthews is challenging the transport sector to think about how people and freight might travel in future, and how transport technology will create changes. He believes transport technologies will provide new ways to solve transport problems, like traffic congestion, over the next 30 years.

“New Zealand could be at the forefront of these technological changes, if we play our cards right. To be at the forefront, we need to be open to new ideas and approaches that intelligent transport systems offer us, and create an environment that enables ITS technology solutions,” says Mr Mathews. 

Intelligent transport systems apply information, data processing, communication, and sensor technologies to vehicles (including cars, trucks, trains, aircraft and ships), transport infrastructure and transport users to increase the effectiveness, environmental performance, safety, resilience and efficiency of the transport system.

Read more about the Government’s work on intelligent transport systems.

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