This session is to bring industry, government and key stakeholders together to start a conversation about Sydney road readiness for electric and autonomous vehicles.
Electric vehicles are no longer a thing of future; they are on our roads today. In the last 12 months, over 7,400 electric vehicles were registered in NSW, representing a 42 per cent increase from the previous year. Although in the past electric vehicles were only afforded by the more affluent, there are a number of new models being introduced into the Australian market that are priced at $60,000 or less. Consequently, the take up of electric vehicles is expected to rapidly increase over the next few years and Roads and Maritime would like to help prepare for this, with a particular focus on electric vehicle infrastructure.
Fully autonomous vehicles are the car of the future and Roads and Maritime would like to better understand these vehicles - how they will interface with the road network and whether changes need to be made to the existing road network. For example, changes to signage or line markings. This conversation is pivotal at this time as Sydney’s road maintenance contracts come to an end in 2021 and any contractual requirements for the new contracts will need to be determined well before this date.
Roads and Maritime Services would like to start these discussions so it can begin to prioritise its investment, and to inform the planning and management of its current assets.
Date: Monday 4 March
Venue: RMS, Video Conference Room 5, 20-44 Ennis Road, Milsons Point, NSW
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John Hardwick, Executive Director, Sydney, NSW Roads and Maritime Services
John commenced as Executive Director Sydney in April 2017. John is accountable for the end-to-end management of the Sydney road network. This includes investment prioritisation, planning, asset management, operations and performance.
Prior to joining Roads and Maritime, John was Head of Asset Management for Ausgrid, where he delivered ongoing savings of over $30 million per annum and the successful lease of the network business.
John also serves as a board member for numerous global and Australian asset management organisations and co-authored the book Living Asset Management. In 2018 John was awarded the MESA medal by the Asset Management Council. The MESA Medal is awarded to an individual who has personally contributed at the highest level to the advancement of the science and/or practice of asset management.