The National Transport Council not long ago released a discussion paper which sets the policy framework discussion around C-ITS implementation in Australia. C-ITS is about vehicles being loaded with technology so that they can talk to each other and talk to the infrastructure. It's believed that massive improvements will be made in road safety through use of technology that will allow cars to brake for themselves in certain circumstances, warn drivers when adjacent vehicles are in blindspots, when vehicles are on collisions paths, when vehicles automatically slow down when entering new speed zones, when vehicles link up with common destinations and platoon drive etc etc. Problem is, much of this carcentric technology doesn't transfer well to motorcycling and the discussion paper had exactly zero relevant discussion about this technology with respect to motorcycling. There are some dangers for riding and some serious privacy implications for all. The NTC helps sets the national framework for all road and transport ministries in all states. In terms of road politics, if the NTC sneezes, all road users catch the cold 10, 15, 20 years later. This technology will ultimately trickle down into local implementations we can't even think of yet. How could such a national body with a national focus, ignore a legitimate road user - PTW's?? The Victorian Motorcycle Council were the only Australian Motorcycling advocacy group that prepared a submission to the NTC on this issue. Notably, Professor M Wigan, a friend of PTW's, also prepared a submission. I have had a subsequent follow up meeting with the NTC to offer assistance with C-ITS and motorcycling and to raise concerns face to face. Now that the submissions are up, it's worth having a look through some of the other submissions. One writer is promoting all road users, include pedestrians and cyclists carry some kind of mobile emitter so that they are also tracked and vehicles can communicate to them... this is potentially big brother stuff. Anyway, you can find the policy framework paper here: http://www.ntc.gov.au/viewpage.aspx?AreaId=35&DocumentId=2348 You can find the submissions here: http://www.ntc.gov.au/RFCCommentsView.aspx?DocumentId=2347 The VMC's submission consists of a bonafide submission plus the FEMA's position paper on C-ITS. (Link 28 and link 4 in the submissions page).