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Technology, transport and reform
Data and information pose one of the greatest changes to the transport industry.
Information and communications technology (ICT) is breaking down the barriers between travel demand
and providers, and the user and the network.
Autonomous vehicles (AVs) will only become a reality with appropriate changes.
► Jessika Loefstedt, Manager, Public Policy and
Government Relations, Uber
► Tim Reardon, Secretary, Transport for NSW
► Lisa Tobin, Group General Manager, Technology,
► Craig Shortus, Head of Utilities and Infrastructure
Craig Shortus (CS): Transport is something that clearly impacts
all of us, whether we’re in the industry or not, and it’s undisputed
that technology and data will certainly play a significant role in
the future of transport. Whilst we all know technology is a key
part of the answer to transport reform, what is less clear is the
way forward. The first question I’d like to put to the panel is
regarding information and communications technology (ICT).
What does this mean for transport?
Tim Reardon (TR): For me, it’s a couple of things.
Firstly, it’s really good to be the Secretary of Transport for
NSW and to be asked to sit on this panel – that’s the point we’re
heading to in terms of transport being a technology business.
Secondly, I want to acknowledge Mike Mrdak in the audience,
who’s been Secretary of the Department of Infrastructure and
Regional Development for a long time, and who is a great
colleague and friend. The fact that he’s moving to the Department
of Communications and the Arts, and I’m here speaking about
the link between transport and communication, is also a good
L–R: Craig Shortus, Jessika Loefstedt, Tim Reardon and Lisa Tobin
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