Societal aspects such as climate protection, energy consumption, equality, health, job security, an ageing population, protection and safety play a decisive role when designing and implementing research and innovation processes in the field of mobility. These aspects also increase the complexity of the challenges that researchers must address.
Digitization and digitalization, which now affect all technologies, economic sectors and areas of life, further increases this complexity. We already encounter a changing mobility system. In the past couple of years, the range of mobility services has been expanded to include e-scooters , car, bike or ride sharing, and service access mainly functions digitally including planning a route, navigation, booking tickets and real-time information during the journey.
The speed at which change is taking place and must be implemented in the interests of climate protection is increasing. Entirely new players such as start-ups and spin-offs from universities or universities of applied sciences are entering the market with new organizational and business models. New approaches in RTI policy are used to guide these changes and ensure that the mobility of the future has a significantly lower impact on the environment, is open to as many parts of society as possible and creates added value and jobs in Austria.
The "FTI Hub Mobility" at AustriaTech supports the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology in guiding research and implementation practice in the field of mobility. The strategic framework for these undertakings is formed by both the RTI Mobility Strategy and the RTI Mobility Agenda with its four defined fields of action: cities, regions, digitalization and technology. The goal is to maximize the positive effects of RTI in Austria's mobility system. AustriaTech primarily takes the role of a network node where information converges, is sorted and assigned, and is passed on to the appropriate bodies. The experience gained in this function is also used to further develop innovation-promoting framework conditions and to design RTI measures in line with real-world requirements. Finally, AustriaTech also supports cooperation of domestic players with players in the European research area.