Rita is a professional transportation engineer with over 25 years’ experience in the private and public sector. The majority of this career has been dedicated to using an evidenced based approach for advocating improved transport and safety outcomes for citizens.
Rita’s current role is the Executive Director of the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) where she is responsible for delivering ADVI’s contribution to the safe and successful introduction of driverless vehicle technologies into Australia. She also leads a team of 20 research experts for the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB), the lead research partner of ADVI, in the Future Transport Technology discipline.
ADVI’s activities include growing awareness, understanding and acceptance of AV technologies through experimentation and demonstration. She has grown the ADVI collaboration from 25 members in 2015 to over 130 members today and supporting the connection of businesses investing in the introduction of the automated vehicle supply chain, with governments and customers. ADVI hosted the first demonstration of the then driverless technology in the Southern Hemisphere in November 2015. Since then the momentum across Australia and New Zealand has increased exponentially, creating a local industry well in excess of $100m.
Rita is a contributing member of national and international Connected and Automated Vehicle Reference Groups in New South Wales, South Australia, New Zealand and Toronto. Rita is also the Vice President of the largest Public Works membership organisation in Australasia IPWEA.
ADVI also runs the only Australasian Representative Survey of public opinion of Driverless Vehicles. Rita will present on the first set of results and the insights this provide to those seeking to deploy this technology.