Many trucks across the Australian fleet automatically and accurately report their location at regular intervals to the vehicle owner. When combined and de-identified, this rich information on where trucks are travelling, where they are stopping and where they experience congestion on the roads, can assist in informing policy decisions.
The project will involve close collaboration with freight, logistics and vehicle tracking stakeholders to:
This project continues and expands existing voluntary data sharing agreements between the Hub and key industry stakeholders, which includes a pilot data management system and published analyses on congestion, the origin and destination of trucks and the impact of COVID-19 on urban freight efficiency.
This project addresses enduring questions 2, 3, 5 and 10.
Please contact us if you would like to be updated on, or involved in, the development of this project.
This project will:
Two sources of telematics data are visualised on the prototype website: telematics data provided to the Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics (BITRE) and telematics data provided to Transport Certification Australia (TCA).
Industry provides telematics data to the Hub voluntarily. The two largest providers are Toll Group and Australia Post. Data is protected through data sharing agreements that establish how the data is to be stored, accessed, analysed and published, to ensure data security and protect commercial sensitivity.
TCA administers the Intelligent Access Program (IAP), which is for Higher Mass Limit vehicles, and the National Telematics Framework. TCA is independent from the government and collects industry telematics data. By de-identifying and aggregating the data, TAC provides certainty to stakeholders that transport operator and vehicle-specific data is protected from disclosure to other parties, commercially sensitive information is securely managed, and privacy-by-design principles are upheld. For further information please visit the TCA website.
Growing the small BITRE sample, to make it more representative of the heavy vehicle fleet, is a priority as it will improve the accuracy and usefulness of the visualisations. The contributions of data on high-mass vehicles from the IAP, and the Toll Group and Australia Post fleets are helping us to achieve this. We are seeking to work with more fleet operators of both heavy trucks and light commercial vehicles moving freight to add more data. This data will be protected through similar data sharing agreements on storage, accessibility, and how it is to be analysed and published, to protect commercial sensitivity. This contribution from the industry will help answer industry needs with new insights from the data. If you are interested in participating please get in touch.
How telematics data can be used: