The automation of vehicles will just be a part of the mobility ecosystem of the future. Connectivity may be another important pillar in that ecosystem. In fact, recent research shows that connectivity can even facilitate the movement towards automation of vehicles. One of the projects contributing to this research is the Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem (AIMES). AIMES is conducted in the city-center of Melbourne and connects vehicles to everything. The aim of this project is to increase safety among autonomous vehicles and other traffic participants and to enhance traffic flows. With the enhancement of traffic flows, AIMES also researched how connectivity can prevent congestions and reduce carbon emissions. Further, AIMES is a living laboratory and thus providing urban transport research that is more innovative, relevant and far reaching than ever.