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TIER IV and NTRO have launched a strategic partnership to bring autonomous driving solutions to Australia
National Transport Research OrganisationMar 19, 2024 12:02:55 PM2 min read

Bringing autonomous driving and vehicle solutions to Australia

TIER IV, a pioneer in open-source autonomous driving (AD) technology, has announced its strategic partnership with Australia’s National Transport Research Organisation with the mission of delivering integrated, innovative and impactful mobility solutions.

The launch of autonomous vehicles, from low-speed delivery and logistics vehicles to shuttles, buses and robo-taxis, across various transport sectors in Australia is targeted through the collaboration.

TIER IV has achieved notable successes in AD deployments within its home market of Japan, helping to improve road safety and transportation efficiency.

These efforts have proven highly beneficial in tackling the myriad challenges in the mobility sector.

NTRO believes Australia can benefit from TIER IV’s capabilities and track record of delivering AD solutions based on Autoware*, the world’s first and widely acclaimed open-source AD software.

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TIER IV and NTRO will work together to bring AD solutions to Australia’s growing transport technology ecosystem, with the goal of accelerating the development and deployment of autonomous vehicles in the country.

“We are very excited to be collaborating with NTRO to support our common mission of making roads safer and transportation more efficient,” said Shinpei Kato, founder, CEO and CTO of TIER IV.

“I believe Australia holds great promise for the adoption of autonomous vehicles and this collaboration is a great opportunity for TIER IV to contribute to building an AD ecosystem through our vision of providing open access to the technology.”

“The foundation software developed by TIER IV adds great value to the Australian autonomous ecosystem,” said Michael Caltabiano, CEO of NTRO.

“At NTRO we are very pleased to see what opportunities this new partnership can bring to our region and how we can deliver next generation journeys for freight, passenger and emergency services by advancing the journey to autonomy.”

*Autoware is a registered trademark of the Autoware Foundation.



TIER IV, the pioneering force behind the world’s first open-source software for autonomous driving Autoware, offers a range of advanced AD products and solutions, encompassing both software and hardware across multiple platforms. The company is steering the development of safe and efficient autonomous driving technology, aiming to reimagine intelligent vehicles through the art of open source. A founding member of the Autoware Foundation, TIER IV conducts cutting-edge research and development in collaboration with partners worldwide, harnessing Autoware to accelerate the rollout of autonomous vehicles that will benefit society as a whole.

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About NTRO

The NTRO offers all levels of government and industry great outcomes across all modes of transport. It provides innovative research and practical solutions to challenges across road, rail, ports and airports, developing new knowledge, innovation, standards and specifications to shape our transport future.

Building upon 60+ years of experience through the Australian Road Research Board (ARRB and Australasian Centre For Rail Innovation - ACRI), the NTRO now services the Australian and New Zealand communities as the central hub of transport research, policy and project work.

With over 240 people and offices in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Launceston, Perth, Sydney, and Wellington and a world-leading sustainable materials research laboratory and office in Melbourne, NTRO is set to transform the way we design, build, use and maintain our current and future transport infrastructure.

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