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President's Address
Reflections from the Editor
State Branch Meetings
Demand Responsive Transport
Traffic Engineering
New Zealand Study Tour
Student Leadership Summit
Learning from History
Worth a Look
AITPM News
AITPM Member Profile
Quirky News
> PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE 
Young Professional Network

I had the pleasure of catching up with the SA Branch Committee at the National Board meeting in Adelaide a couple of weeks ago.  The Board was warmly welcomed and updated on the Branch’s activities over 2018.  The highlight of the evening, for me, was meeting the past three winners of the Young Professional Award in SA who are all actively involved on the local Committee.  
L to R – Paul Smith; 2016 YP Winner - Sharvari Bhuskute; 2017 YP Winner - Ashlee Ferencz; 2018 YP Winner - Nabela Tasnim 

At the dinner I couldn’t help reflect how diverse an organisation AITPM is - or as John Reid describes us as 'a broad church'.  

Sharvari did her original tertiary study at the University of Mumbai and completed a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Adelaide.  She now works for Mott MacDonald.  Ashlee grew up in Australia, did an exchange program to the University of Leeds for a semester and now works for AECOM. Nabela has a Masters in Transportation from the University of South Australia.  Her research on “Walking access to public transport in Adelaide: issues and concerns” has been published in the International Conference on Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management (CUPUM) 2017.

Board Meeting

The Board of Directors meets face-to-face three times a year and the final meeting for 2018 was held on 16 and 17 November in Adelaide.  The main outcome was the endorsement of our first Code of Conduct for Directors and Committee members.  The code was developed with much thought and discussion and I would like to thank the members who provided feedback; most, if not all, comments were accepted in the final document.  The scope of the code covers Personal Conduct; Accountability and Record Keeping and Use of Information.  There are procedures to resolve any breaches of the code and the rights of appeal. The code is on our website - https://www.aitpm.com.au/aitpm-code-of-conduct/.

The Board is also currently undertaking a review of marketing opportunities for the Institute.  The first step involved a situational review aimed at capturing the current status of marketing, communications, events, and member and partnership attraction and retention.  The review, including a survey of members and friends attracted over 660 responses.  Key insights were gathered on AITPM reputation, membership motivation, membership sources, membership promotion, membership value proposition, strengths v weaknesses, alliances and competition, partnership recognition and general communications. A summary of the results will be included in a future newsletter.    

National Conference

Planning for the 2019 National Conference in Adelaide is in full swing.  The call for abstracts has resulted well in excess of 150 applications which will ensure a very high calibre program.  

Following Adelaide, the 2020 Conference will be held in Brisbane.  The Board endorsed Alex Kelly, SMEC and Erin Thomas, WSP as joint convenors.  Congratulations and thanks to Alex and Erin who take on this large and essential task, to lead a team of dedicated branch committee members and other volunteers. 

Christmas Message

The holiday period is I hope for us all, an opportunity to spend time with family and friends and recharge your energies for the year ahead. Road safety is one of the Institute’s core issues and so I trust you can have a peaceful time that encourages a safe driving environment.

The friendship and respect that are at the principles of our personal interactions at the AITPM are also the things that allow us to flourish as a community.  I look forward to continuing these in 2019.  Thank you for all your help.

Paul Smith 
National President


 
> REFLECTIONS FROM THE EDITOR
There has been some talk about the role of the car manufacturing industry and its impact on traffic engineering and transport planning.

I thought I might reflect this month on a few items about the cars we are producing and the way people are using them. Incentives, policies and regulations may intend to bring about the right behaviour change but consumer choice does come into it.


Government subsidised plug-in cars may never have been charged
The traditional hybrid car is one where the internal combustion engine is the main power source to drive the car and also to generate power to charge the batteries.  The electric engine is there to help in situations where it is very efficient such as accelerating and recouping energy when braking.

With a plug-in hybrid, the electric engine plays the dominant role and the internal combustion engine is mainly a generator for power if the batteries run low while you are using it.  The intention is that you plug the vehicle in regularly to the mains power when the vehicle is stationary. If you don’t plug it in then the car will run mainly on fossil fuel.  When running on batteries the vehicle does not produce local pollution.

In the UK it has been revealed that tens of thousands of plug-in hybrids bought with the help of generous government grants may be burning as much fuel as combustion-engine cars.

Data compiled for the BBC suggests that such vehicles in corporate fleets averaged just 40 miles per gallon, when they could have done 130.

It appears that the Government-subsidised plug-in cars may never have been charged and many drivers may never have unwrapped their charging cables.

The plug-in grant was introduced in 2011, gifting buyers up to £4,500 off new cars.

The incentive helped the UK become the biggest market for plug-in hybrids in Europe.

The program has now been scrapped by the UK government.
 

Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries broadens it approach

The Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) has created a new position of Director of Communications and Emerging Technologies.

Tony Weber, Chief Executive of the FCAI, said: “The appointment was a critical step in securing the maximum support for the Australian automotive industry as it introduces new environmental, safety and technical initiatives.

“New technologies are continuously emerging, including alternative fuel vehicles such as battery electric, plug-in hybrid electric and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles; autonomous vehicles; emissions regulation and legislation; and ownership models.”

The new direction is Lenore Fletcher, currently the General Manager of PR and Communications at BMW Australia. 

I know Lenore and have interviewed her a number of times on policy issues to do with the future of transport in Australia.  I am hoping that we can create a relationship with the FCAI so as to have an avenue to express the traffic and transport needs of our nation with those who are providing the products that many of us will use. 
 

Autonomy no! Help in tight situations - yes?

Autonomous vehicle might be a long way off and not everyone wants to have one.  But the development of the technology is bringing other interim benefits.

I’ve just driven the latest BMWX5 which has a unique feature to help you reverse out of a tight space. The vehicle remembers the wheel turning movementsyou usedto get in. It will save the turning movements for up to 72 hours if you don’t move the vehicle,so that if you wish to back out of a difficult driveway or parking space you need only press a button and operate the brakes and accelerator. The car will steerit self exactly the wayyou steeredinto the tight location.
 

Better communication to the driver

While on the subject of BMW, when they introduced their i-Drive control system in 2001 it was roundly criticised.  The i-Drive controls secondary systems such as the sound, climate and other convenience features in the car. 

Criticisms included the amount of time it took to learn the system and that it could distract the driver. The system was significantly upgraded in 2008 and 2012.  This is a critical issue for road safety and for how we deliver information that may come from other vehicles or infrastructure.

One thing I really like with the BMW X5 is that they have a large centre screen and when you are looking at a function, you can call up the relevant section of the manual on the screen.  Not intended to use when you are driving, but a quick way to get relevant information.

I hate cars that have systems that are hard to learn and hard to operate. This is a bit unfair as I drive a different car each week. But it is in some ways relevant because, in the future we are likely to be sharing cars more. 
 

As a last resort, read the manual
 
Car manuals, which list many things related to how you can safety and most efficiently use your car, have now become huge.

My colleague Dean Oliver,who is the resident artist for our Overdrive radio program,has a 2006 Subaru Forrester. I thought it be good to let him drive the latest Forrester that we had as a press car. He was immediately overwhelmed with all the technology.

He saw a light on the dash that he did not understand so he went to the owner’s manual.  The manual was 577 pages long. Dean still has the manual from his 1968 Datsun 1600 which is 37 pages long and includes advice on adjusting the timing belt, the distributor timing and the fan belt.  The correct interpretation of a modern manual is that it is saying say “Don’t even think about touching anything”.
 
Face Recognition The Subaru Forester does have facial recognition.  Dean discovered this when a warning flashed up on the screen to say he was not looking at the road enough.

You can also store your vehicle preferences against for facial recognition so if several regular people have this set up, when one gets into the driver’s seat, the radio and seating positions adjusted to their preferences.

P.S. When Dean drove the new model, he also realised that his 2006 car had developed a few rattles that, like the boiling frog, had crept up on him without him noticing.  It took a drive in a modern vehicle to realise how quiet a car could be.
 

Fast trains to regional areas

I have just completed a podcast for Sydney University titled “Fast trains; Supporting regional towns and reducing pressure on cities”.  With interviews with Prof David Hensher, Planner Bob Meyer and Transport expert Chris Stapleton the podcast focuses on not just the need to improve travel times for existing trips but on the overall impact and the development potential of regional areas. 

Fast trains are not very fast trains and are assumed to travel to speeds of 160-200 km/h.

The critical impact should be the land-use implications not just travel times.

https://soundcloud.com/user-639145150/itls-fast-trains-supporting-regional-towns-and-reducing-pressure-on-cities
 
> STATE BRANCH MEETINGS
NSW Branch  
Victorian Branch 
WA Branch 
Queensland Branch
> DEMAND RESPONSIVE TRANSPORT TRIALS IN QUEENSLAND
The Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) is currently trialling Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) in Logan, Queensland.  DRT is a flexible shared transport option, designed to bring together people who live near one another and want to travel at the same time in places or at times when buses and trains aren't available. With DRT, customers can pre-book a vehicle to pick them up near their home and take them to selected local shopping and community facilities and transport hubs such as the local bus or train station.

Vincent Doran, Executive Director of Service Planning and Infrastructure at TransLink Division of TMR and Alec Tattersall of PSA Consulting presented at the QLD AITPM conference remix on their paper titled “Demand Responsive Transport - One Small Step Towards Mobility as a Service”. The presentation highlighted the elements which TMR must consider delivering the vision of a single integrated network accessible to everyone including governance, policy, planning, systems and trials.

The presentation discussed the opportunity which more flexible public transport models such as DRT must contribute to a future integrated suite of mobility solutions such as MaaS. Vincent and Alec outlined the importance of customer involvement in the design of future mobility services and highlighted that the customer must be offered options which meet their needs across all service elements such as registration and booking to fare payment and fleet.  A high-level overview of current trial performance was provided highlighting the recent service enhancements including introduction of a mobile app and web booking functionality and a reduction in the booking window to two hours which has seen patronage increase. The trial has recently been extended for a further six months to further test customer response to these recent changes. Look out for the results of the trial in the coming months.

For more information on the DRT trial, visit https://translink.com.au/travel-with-us/drt  
 
> TRAFFIC ENGINEERING
Australian Standards has called for comment on AS 1742.3 - Manual of uniform traffic control devices, Part 3: Traffic control for works on roads.
 
> NEW ZEALAND STUDY TOUR AWARD
AITPM are pleased to advise that applications for the New Zealand Study Tour Award 2019 are now open. 
The Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management Ltd (AITPM) values relationships with other similar organisations. Engineering New Zealand is one of these organisations that AITPM has built a strong relationship with over many years. Since 2006 AITPM has provided recognition of this relationship via an award to attend the Engineering New Zealand Transportation Group Conference (ENZ TG Conference).

The ENZ TG annual conference is New Zealand’s premier forum for traffic engineering, road safety and transport planning. The Award provides a great opportunity to enhance our relationship, while also fostering knowledge sharing and building.

The New Zealand Study Tour award provides for one AITPM member to attend the Institution of ENZ TG conference in Te Papa, Wellington, 3-6 March 2019.  The award covers the conference registration costs and reasonable travel and accommodation expenses for one AITPM member as well as accommodation costs for an additional two days in the conference city. 

The 2019 ENZ TG conference will provide delegates the perfect chance to discuss the catalysts for creating and sustaining smarter, stronger and safer transport systems and how they can be, or in some cases are being, applied to New Zealand’s transport network. It will also provide the opportunity to showcase ‘world’s best practice’ for transport, be it here in New Zealand or overseas.

Nominations for the award close on 16 January 2019, with the winner being advised in February 2019 and announced in the March 2019 newsletter.

More information on the awards and the online application form can be found via the links below. Please contact aitpm@aitpm.com if you have any queries with the awards process.

Further details on the IPENZ conference can be obtained via https://www.tgconference.co.nz.
 
Download awards brochure
View application form
> STUDENT LEADERSHIP SUMMIT
The Student Leadership Summit that was held in Melbourne in September was organised by students from Monash university and led by post-graduate candidate Laura Aston under the auspices of the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).

The ITE in America runs this type of exercise which gives undergraduate students the chance to go to a conference and get a wider view of what they can be involved in through their career in transportation.  

Laura travelled to North America through the ITE’s World Wide Learning Opportunity program that is sponsored by Austraffic, to witness firsthand how they run their student leadership summits.
 
Podcast 
The latest podcast from our young professionals talks to three students from the Student Leadership Summit. Find it here.

Laura Aston
Laura Aston is a dynamic professional.  Her leadership of the Student Leadership Summit was a huge commitment to a principle of giving undergraduate students the chance to be excited and invigorated with the wide world that they will participate in.

Our newsletter editor had a chat to Laura about her career, motivations and thoughts on how we need to more actively embrace new thinking in our transport planning processes.  Some reflections from the interview are below and the full interview can be heard on the internet “Young Professionals: Laura Aston is doing a PhD; She has some clear ideas on our transport needs”

Laura graduated with a Bachelor of Environmental Engineering and Bachelor of Arts. 

She said about Environmental Engineering “It’s about as multidisciplinary as engineering gets”. She admitted that those who take on Environmental Engineering were probably a little more radical than the typical engineering student. But the degree itself was anything but radical.She did, however, appreciate the background and rigour of some of the engineering subjects.

She is very passionate and self-aware.  She noted (with a laugh) that one wise person once told her that she seems to make decisions as if the world is resting on her shoulders.  Laura also referred to Jared Walker who when visiting Melbournesaid that environmental types seem to think that everything is connected and that you can't answer one problem without addressing them all.  Laura has refined her thinking to understand that youhave to focus on the things that you can change.

When speaking about single vehicle occupant cars, she talked of the inequity to the whole community. “Inequity” is a concept that is starting to show up in a range of statistics most recently on the average life expectancy rates.  Transport planners have a role to play in this key community measure.

Her research confirms that diversity can mean that people react in different ways in different countries so that the context is immensely important in the culture of a city and it differs hugely.

Public transport patterns in a country like the Netherlands are quite different from say the United States.
Does this mean thatshe isstarting to understand the Australian psyche?

She said:
“What I am learning from my job which is a part time role in the User Focused Design Branch in the Victorian Government, is from the human centred design perspective, not only is the context of a country important but the context of a neighbourhood is important. So it's really hard to generalise and say the Australian psyche is one particular thing. To get the optimum outcome, you'd have to treat every instance, every new build (for example a train station or a level crossing removal), as a unique context and understand the local psyche to really design for the best outcome. 

“And that's an exciting overlay that this new service design thinking approach brings to transport planning. 

“It's very new to combine design thinking with transportation planning. Victoria is not the first state to be doing this. Transport for London have been doing it for a long time. Transport for New South Wales have a user focused design framework as well that they use. So we're starting to understand that you need a nuanced approach to planning around public transport infrastructure to really get the best outcomes. And I shouldn't just say public transport that applies to roads and pedestrian facilities and cycle facilities as you know my research is focused on public transport that the same notion that that context is important applies to other modes of transport as well. "


So what sort of things does Service Design encompass?

“Well traditionally human centred design has applied to consumables consumer products but in the last few years we've adapted human centred designed to service planning. Now if you think of the Apple iPhone that is one of the most memorable and I'll probably be told off for using this example but it's the most noteworthy example of where someone incredibly visionary, namely Steve Jobs, saw that you couldn't have a bestselling product unless you not only have the functional product but you make it irresistible to use. 

"And so Apple focused on the user experience of the smartphone. 

"Now we're applying that notion to service design and to transport planning to make sure that our transport services meet the needs of users and that even our vehicles and our network aredesigned to be as convenient as possible and as easy to use as possible."


Was being the motivator and leader of the Student Leadership Summit a practical exercise in management?

"Absolutely practical in the sense that it was “applied”yes! Practical in the sense that I didn't bite off more than I could chew–No! (Laughs) 

"It was a fantastic experience and a very challenging one. It came about for many reasons. 
Personally,having had good experiences at conferences and having had the privilege,as an undergraduate or recently graduated student,to go to a conference to present my honours research, I thought that it would be wonderful for students of transport and related disciplines in Australia to have access, have exposure,to the conference environment so they might see the field of transportation as an exciting career path. Now that I work in the industry,I hear all the time that there's a skills shortage, even a graduate shortage in transportation and I just thought “well there is a bit of a disconnect here”because you know there's lots of students studying civil engineering and lots of job opportunities. If only they could see what's on offer and I thought a conference was a way to achieve that. And what's more,there was already a model available for running such a conference. The ITE,the Institute of Transportation Engineers,have been staging student leadership summits across North America for several years now. So, it was a case of marrying the two ideas, the thought of having a conference in the model of the student leadership summits and bringing that to Melbourne."


In the interview Laura did reveal a little of her much greater dreams, (you’ll have to listen to find out) but she has a firm grip on her present reality, nonetheless we are sure the future holds many exciting developments.
 
> TRYING TO LEARN FROM HISTORY WITHOUT BEING BOUNDED BY OUR PAST 
The 10,000 Friends of Greater Sydney (FROGS) recently held a lunchtime meeting where they discussed planning lessons we can learn from the past.

Bob Meyer from Cox architecture gave a presentation emphasising how much we need to be adaptable even if we have spent a lot of energy and time in preparing a plan.

He used two examples, the County of Cumberland plan of 1948 and the Sydney region outline plan of 1968.

The county of Cumberland plan significantly under estimated the population growth of Sydney. They failed to foresee the large influx of migrants years after the war.

The Sydney region outline plan overestimated the growth of population by about 20%. They failed to see that while the number of houses was increasing the average occupancy was decreasing.

Bob noted that in Australia we are lucky to have a census every five years and so we get some good information on which to update our plans. Most other major first-world countries only have a census every 10 years. 

Bob feels that we are not making the most of this opportunity if we do not use the information to update our plans.  The information is of no value unless we react to it. He felt that while we put a large effort into preparing a plan we have to remain diligent in adapting it as we go. He went as far as to say that he felt that adjusting your plans to the latest information from the census should become a legal requirement!

AITPM member Chris Stapleton the second presentation and spoke of some of his experiences in planning in Sydney. He felt that there was a lack of broad thinking and too much sectional self-interest. On the more positive side he remembear one particular issue where he had good support from both the left and the right wing sides of politics.

He spoke of his experiences in Dubbo where the planning, at times, focuses on narrow concepts of what the city is like and the reasons that generate traffic.  Through vehicles is often raised as the biggest issue and there has been a grant of $170 million to help heavy vehicles by-pass the town centre but most of the issues are within the urban area and this money, he feels, could be spent better.

There is also a critical need to understand that things will change when you provide a range of transport services.

He mentioned the experience of the high-speed train to Manchester in the UK where the computer modelling made no allowance for land use changes due to the building of this new rail link.

On a much smaller but no less relevant scale, in Dubbo a significant increase in traffic was predicted with the development of new residential areas but the magnitude of the prediction was increased because no assumption was made that new schools and shops would develop in the new areas. The models predicted large traffic volumes traveling across town to existing community service. 

Chris has expanded on these ideas in a podcast that is no the University of Sydney’s Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies’ web site. Link

At the meeting there were some criticism and some defence of current computer modelling techniques but it was agreed that they need to have models that can give a quick overview position rather than spend years trying to perfect the projection into the future.

As an overview comment it was noted that with any review of the history of planning and transport we have to be very careful that while we may well be able to identify problems and mistakes in the past we should do so without the assumption that we know everything perfectly now.  We can’t perfectly predict the future but we can try to look at a lot of “what ifs” given changing technology and community experiences.
 
> WORTH A LOOK
What will Brisbane's transport look like in 25 years?

Car-free days, bikeways for electronic bikes and delivery of freight by drones could be operating in Brisbane within two years, according to the Transport Plan for Brisbane.
https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/queensland/what-will-brisbane-s-transport-look-like-in-25-years-20181030-p50cw5.html
 
Aerial images reveal Australia’s major infrastructure projects

A birds-eye view of Australia’s biggest infrastructure projects currently under construction reveals some incredible before and after images.
https://www.news.com.au/finance/business/other-industries/aerial-images-reveal-australias-major-infrastructure-projects/news-story/c8af319acd4e8a3a5a93602ac061e3a1
 
For Mobility as a Service (MaaS) to solve our transport woes, some things need to change

UbiGo first trialled MaaS in Gothenburg, Sweden, for six months between November 2013 and April 2014. This involved 83 subscriptions by 195 people.

Most of the customers (80%) wanted to continue after the trial ended. Based on an evaluation of the Gothenburg trial, the following were important considerations for MaaS:
·      competitive cost relative to owning a car
·      flexibility and convenience
·      sufficient mobility infrastructure to reach most potential users
·      ease of use.

The first commercial application of the concept was by MaaS Global in Helsinki, Finland. The Whim app was launched in 2016. It covers public transport, taxis, car rentals, car-share and bike-share modes. Customers can use the service on a pay-as-you-go plan or by monthly subscription.
 
> AITPM NEWS
Brisbane YPN Event - Shaping a Transport Network
Following the success of the Young Professionals Network (YPN) workshop at the 2018 National Conference, the Queensland YPN re-purposed the event; where in groups attendees planned and visually represented a transport network for a mock city, within budget constraints.

The theme of the night was about how transport planning has an integral role for town planning as every land use has a unique set of transport needs. The event included a presentation from Derrick Hitchins (AITPM QLD Branch President) who acted as the judge for the night.

The activity challenged the young professionals in linking land use and transport planning through the workshop with the winning group designing a bus driven city called 'Busbane'. Overall the night was considered a success with positive feedback about the activity and everyone's favourite Grill'd chips and sliders.
> AITPM MEMBER PROFILE
Rachael Amies

Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) (First class honours)
Bachelor of Business (Accountancy)
 
My engineering experience began as a structural engineer work placement student at TMR. I now work in the traffic and transport industry and have worked in this field for 2 years.
 
Current role: Traffic Engineer, Point8 Pty Ltd 
What first attracted you to get involved in the transport industry?
I first became involved in the industry when I accepted a part time Cadet Traffic Engineer role at Point8. I immediately began working with a range of public and private sector clients on a broad number of challenging projects. It also gave me the invaluable experience of working directly with highly experienced engineers. One of my first projects at Point8 was to participate in undertaking road safety audits on remote roads in the outback involving travelling 2,000km between Mt Isa and Tennant Creek. In addition to experiencing the vast distances and issues faced on outback roads, I realised the wide range of opportunities and experiences available in the traffic and transport industry and how traffic engineering relates to all engineering projects and spans multiple disciplines. 
 
Could you explain some key opportunities in your career and how they contributed to your development?
Although I've only been in the industry two years, the career opportunity which contributed to my development and began my association with AITPM was to present my thesis publication and findings at a AITPM QLD half day modelling seminar in May 2017. With support from my Director, I took up this challenge and appreciate the opportunity it gave me to learn how to prepare and present at an industry event. Following my presentation, I was asked to present at a FutureNet function which allowed me to network with a wider range of people in the engineering profession. For an undergraduate to share their research at professional seminars was an honour and opened my mind to, and interest in, specialising in transport modelling.  By attending AITPM and other industry related events I am continuously building and expanding my industry network and keep up-to-date on the latest industry developments.
 
What has been a memorable moment in your career?
Being awarded the 2018 AITPM Queensland young professional award. I found the national conference inspiring and relished the opportunity to network with a wide variety of professionals and likeminded graduates.
 
What has been/will be your involvement with AITPM?
My involvement with AITPM started this year when I became a member of the Queensland Committee. I have also taken on the role of Queensland Young Professional Network Coordinator. The role has allowed the opportunity to organise professional events and also represent Queensland on the AITPM National YPN Committee. Although I have only been an active member of AITPM for the past year, I look forward to continuing my involvement and encouraging young professionals to join me and come along to all our events. 
 
What are your personal and/or professional career plans for the future?
I am eager to continue challenging myself and expand my knowledge in the traffic engineering field. I have developed a keen interest in traffic modelling and complex urban master plans and want to further develop my skills in this area. I am eager to participate in planning the future of transport systems as technology and society rapidly changes.

Do you have any advice you would like to share to young professionals in the transport/traffic industry?
Other than getting involved with AITPM and attending its events, my advice to young professionals is to always challenge yourself and take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. 
 
> QUIRKY NEWS
The following are extracts from the radio program Overdrivewhich is syndicated to stations around Australia on the Community Radio Network and is presented by AITPM members David Brown and Brian Smith and technical expert Errol Smith.

Episodes and more stories from the program can be heard at www.drivenmedia.com.au. You can also hear about news, features and quirky news via twitter @db_drivenmedia. 
New Facebook Site

For those who like a bit of the more unusual reflections and thoughts about motoring, Overdrive has started a new FaceBook page called OverdriveCIty.
 
Here one story from the site.

Is that your Luigi?

At the Machiatos and Machines monthly show at Harbord we saw a well-presented Fiat 500 but with camber like that on the rear wheels I thought is might be related to Luigi in the Pixar Cars movie.


1915 Ford Model T somehow survived the California fires

In the US, the Camp Fire is the deadliest wildfire in Californian state history with thousands of homes being destroyed and many people either killed or missing. In times like these, it's important to focus on the tragedies. But there can be small consolations, such as the story of a 1915 Ford Model T that emerged from the fire relatively unscathed when everything around it was destroyed.

The New York Times tells the story of a family who lost everything, except for two vehicles: an old Chevrolet Silverado and the Model T. 

The family were forced to evacuate with little notice. On their way out, they grabbed nothing but clothes, choosing to take the Model T which was sitting on a trailer hitched to the Silverado in their driveway. 
Miraculously, despite brush on the edges of the driveway getting burned, the classic Ford went virtually untouched, sustaining only minor paint damage.
 

Ford plans construction on Michigan Central Station

In the US the Ford Motor Co. expects to start construction on its Michigan Central Station renovation before the end of 2018.

Ford in June confirmed it purchased and had plans to restore the blighted train station. It bought the building for $90 million, and after the restoration is complete in 2022, the automaker plans to move its electric vehicle and autonomous vehicle teams to the facility. 

Around 2,500 Ford employees will work out of the building. Another 2,500 entrepreneurs, technology companies and partners. will also be housed there. 
 
> SPONSORS & ADVERTISING
National Platinum Sponsors
 
National Sponsors
 
Major Branch Sponsors
  • Main Roads Western Australia - WA
  • RAC of WA - WA
  • Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure - SA
  • RAA - SA
  • The Department of Transport and Main Roads - QLD
  • PSA Consulting - QLD/NSW 
  • Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) - NSW
  • Traffic Engineering Centre - NSW
  • VicRoads - VIC 
Branch Sponsors
  • Arup - NSW
  • Bitzios - QLD
  • Point8 - QLD
  • PTT - QLD
  • Donald Veal Consultants - WA
  • GTA - WA
  • GHD – SA
  • GTA - SA
  • Tonkin Consulting - SA
  • O’Brien Traffic - VIC
  • Trafficworks – VIC
  • TraffixGroup – VIC
  • Urbii - WA
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