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Boost for the digital transformation in mobility

Sep 20, 2022

Digitalisation is an important driver of the transformation of the mobility system. The ITS Austria Platform actively supports the development of measures in this area.

In 2021, Climate Minister Gewessler announced the development of an action plan Digital Transformation in Mobility. In order to support the implementation, the focus of the ITS Austria Platform was placed even more strongly on the cooperation of the ITS community. This was accompanied by restructuring within the platform in order to optimally adapt the support activities to the challenge of digital transformation. In addition to the already existing ITS Steering Committee, which is composed of representatives from the federal government, provinces, municipalities, cities, industry and research, an ITS Management Committee was established. This committee focuses on the implementation of the ITS goals and strategies and serves to balance the interests of the actors in public administration.

Four new working groups were also established within ITS Austria, whose specific task was to prepare inputs and recommendations for the Action Plan Digital Transformation in Mobility for the BMK. More than 130 experts met in numerous meetings last year to identify the design potentials in the digital transformation and summarised them on 137 pages.

The four working groups specifically addressed the following topics and challenges:

ITS Working Group on a Mobility Data Strategy (WG1)

In order to make the mobility system fair and transparent, it needs mobility-related data. In the working group, use cases were compiled that provide an overview of both existing and future available data and their applications. Based on this, the accessibility, availability, possible applications and limitations of the existing data in the mobility system were examined.

ITS Working Group on Legal Aspects of Digitalisation in Mobility (WG2)

Digitalisation offers the opportunity to also digitalise processes in the administration. In addition to technical feasibility, it is primarily legal issues that need to be clarified in the course of digitisation. Within the framework of the working groups, new requirements at both national and international level were analysed and considerations were made for a corresponding adaptation.

ITS Working Group on Integrated Mobility Management (including traffic control) (WG3)

Controlling mobility behaviour in such a way that it is more sustainable and safer is an important task in traffic management. On the one hand, this must be done across all modes of transport. On the other hand, new technologies such as automated mobility and new mobility services must be integrated and planned. The focus of the working group was therefore on defining measures that make it possible to integrate cooperative, networked and automated vehicles and new mobility services into the transport system in such a way that environmental, safety and efficiency goals are supported.

ITS Working Group on Enabling Integrated Mobility Services (WG4)

The harmonisation of mobility services is an important step to make services seamlessly usable and to make them available across providers, modes and regions. Within the framework of the ITS working group, a common picture and understanding of the individual actors regarding integrated mobility services in a multimodal mobility system in Austria was elaborated.

The next step to be taken by the Ministry is the preparation of an action plan with initial implementation measures, which is expected this year.

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