John Wall is recognised as one of Australia’s leading specialists in the application of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for road safety. He has over 25 years of experience in the development of road safety strategies and countermeasures and holds tertiary qualifications in applied science, education and public health.
At the beginning of 2019, he commenced in the role of Program Manager for Connected and Automated Vehicles for Austroads; the peak organisation of Australasian road transport and traffic agencies. Austroads members are collectively responsible for the management of over 900,000 kilometres of roads valued at more than $250 billion representing the single largest community asset in Australia and New Zealand.
John is the recipient of the National Medal for Service and a Commendation for Courage for his work as a volunteer first responder with the New South Wales State Emergency Service. For more than 34 years he has been on the front line of responding to rescue incidents in his local community and has experienced first-hand the tragic consequences and cost of road trauma to communities. This is a primary driver for the work that he does with Austroads.
What does the forum theme “ITS Innovation Creating Liveable Communities” mean to you?
A liveable community must be safe, affordable, accessible and sustainable. Intelligent Transport Systems can play a role in ensuring these goals are met from improving road safety, to measuring our impact on the environment and providing better data to measure accessibility to our multi modal transport systems.
Please provide a short quote about why you are excited about participating at the ITS Asia Pacific Forum on Intelligent Transport Systems 2020?
I’m very excited about joining you all at the ITS Asia Pacific Forum this year to learn what you are doing to drive liveable communities in your part of the world. I also look forward to catching up with colleagues from across the globe to discuss what ITS can do to reduce climate change, manage road safety and provide an equitable transport system for all of the people we serve.
Where do you see the Intelligent Transport industry in the next 5 to 10 years?
I think the ITS industry’s focus will change from a motor vehicle driven industry to a focus on a mode agnostic transport system whose key drivers will be sustainability, equity and safety. This will be a challenge to many of our traditional industry players inevitably leading to disruption and in turn opportunities for companies and individuals that are agile and think “outside the box”.