Funding boost for road safety innovation

Forty projects aimed at reducing road fatalities will benefit from a share of $10 million over the next three years under Round 2 of the Australian Government’s Road Safety Innovation Fund.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Regional Development Barnaby Joyce said the Australian Government is committed to reducing road injuries and fatalities.

“The Road Safety Innovation Fund targets projects designed to reduce fatal and serious road crashes,” the Deputy Prime Minister said.

“This program prioritises initiatives that seek to improve road safety for everyone travelling on Australian roads.

“These innovative projects have potential for expansion here in Australia and internationally, and they set the foundations to change the way Australians approach safety and the movement of people and goods.

“Funding innovation to test and implement new methods, infrastructure upgrades, products and road-safety management are part of the Safe System principles – an inclusive approach to road safety shared by all Governments through the National Road Safety Strategy.”

Assistant Minister for Road Safety and Freight Transport Scott Buchholz said the Government received a high level of interest in the program.

“Round 2 saw 114 applications received, reflecting strong engagement across industry and the research community in seeking new ways to improve road safety,” Mr Buchholz said.

“Strong and diverse interest in Round 1 led the Australian Government to opening up the program in Round 2 to a wider range of innovative road safety initiatives, including seed funding and research projects.

“The Road Safety Innovation Fund is one of the many ways the Australian Government is investing in road safety to move towards zero fatalities and serious injuries on our roads.”

Chief Executive Officer of the Australasian College of Road Safety Dr Ingrid Johnston said it is fantastic to see this funding going towards innovative projects that will be driven by the road safety community and those with a passion for saving lives on our roads.

“As the Inquiry Report into the 2011-2020 National Road Safety Strategy identified, Australia must be innovative to deliver programs at a scale that matters to achieve road safety results,” Dr Johnston said.

“The Road Safety Innovation Fund provides an excellent opportunity for researchers, businesses and other organisations to test and implement their ideas and make our roads safer.”

Projects funded through the Road Safety Innovation Fund Round 2 include:

  • testing new ways to detect risks for vulnerable road users such as vision-impaired pedestrians, cyclists and young children
  • looking at barriers to the uptake of new technologies that support motorcyclist safety
  • new crash barrier types, lighting, intersection design and crash-prediction tools, with the goal of improving infrastructure upgrades
  • new crash-investigation tools and innovation in loading restraints to improve road safety for heavy vehicles, and
  • innovation and technology to reduce risk-taking behaviours, including helping drivers understand how tired is too tired and when they are too impaired to safely drive.

Learn more about projects funded under Round 2 of the Road Safety Innovation Fund on the Office of Road Safety website at www.officeofroadsafety.gov.au/programs.

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