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The Ministry of Transport has been inducted into the ITS Hall of Fame in Detroit, as recognition for its Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Technology Action Plan.

Secretary of Transport Martin Matthews accepted the award on Monday 8 September at the 2014 ITS World Congress, and says this international recognition is a considerable success for the future-focused Ministry.

“The Hall of Fame Awards recognise the most outstanding, ambitious and innovative use of Intelligent Transport Systems. New Zealand’s ITS Technology Action Plan certainly fits that description,” Mr Matthews says.

Intelligent transport systems use technologies such as sensors, computing and communications in vehicles and infrastructure such as roads. Examples include such things as advanced driver assistance, vehicle monitoring, integrated electronic ticketing, and air traffic control systems in aviation.

“The ITS Action Plan identifies 42 key areas where the government has an essential role to play in advancing the adoption of ITS in New Zealand. Over its 4 year horizon, the plan will help guide the Ministry towards its purpose of ensuring our transport system helps New Zealand thrive.

“I am thrilled that the Ministry of Transport’s work is being showcased at an international event where keynote speakers include CEOs from General Motors, Verizon Communications and Delphi Automotive, as well as the Executive Chairman of Ford.

“ITS have the potential to create a step-change in safety and efficiency across all forms of transport. It is crucial that New Zealand’s regulatory system and transport infrastructure is well placed to enable new technologies to be tested and deployed,” Mr Matthews says.

Read more about the ITS Technology Action Plan.

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