RAA Celebrated as Top Innovator at 2023 AFR BOSS Awards

27 September, 2023

For the second year in a row, RAA has been listed as one of the Most Innovative Companies in Australia and New Zealand by the Australian Financial Review. 

Coming in at second place in the Banking, Super and Financial Services category, the 2023 AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies Awards recognises the nation’s leading organisations that are delivering projects and solutions that go beyond the status quo. 

This year, the list attracted over 700 nominations, with RAA making the shortlist for its innovation in developing its multi-modal transport planning app RAA Go. 

RAA, Chief Strategy Officer and General Manager for Home & Energy, Ben Owen, said the accolade was testament to RAA’s commitment to making life easier for its 800,000 members.  

“RAA’s history of innovation dates back to 1903 when our founding members banded together to solve some of the problems plaguing early motoring. 

“Fast track to 2023 and our members are still at the heart of everything we do. We’re always looking for new ways to improve their lives,” Mr Owen said. 

The RAA Go app uses real-time traffic intelligence data by SAGE Automation’s Addinsight, to help users to discover local traffic conditions, and uses multiple modes of transport to map journey options, including private car, public transport, e-scooters, e-bikes, walking and bicycle riding. 

Users can choose their preferred mode of transport and route based on the total journey time, cost, and carbon emissions associated with each journey option. 

RAA developed the app in 2022, after the state’s primary transport planning app MetroMATE was decommissioned, leaving South Australians to rely on individual timetables.  

As restrictions on movement lifted following the COVID19 global pandemic, RAA recognised the role it could play in returning demand for public and alternative modes of transport.  

“RAA Go continues to drive awareness and consideration of alternative modes of transport, like buses, trains and e-scooters, while empowering users to consider the carbon emissions associated with their journey,” Mr Owen said. 

“And when you need to drive a car, the app shows you off-street parking options, fuel stations and fuel pricing, as well as options to route away from congestion and incidences, saving members time and money,” he said. 

Since the launch of RAA Go the application has recorded more than 21,000 downloads, and generated more than 180,000 journey options, confirming Adelaideans’ desire for a multi-modal journey planning app.   
RAA Go can be downloaded from Apple and Android App Stores.