Dec 18, 2019
An exciting year comes to an end. 2019 was marked by exciting events, new developments, groundbreaking ideas and extensive exchanges. Some things we could (successfully!) conclude, others we continue within the next year.
Special highlights at an international level were the ITS Europe Congress in Eindhoven, which focused primarily on connectivity and MaaS, and the ITS World Congress 2019 in Singapore. Following the motto "Smart Mobility, Empowering Cities", Austria was represented with a variety of topics and ideas both as an exhibitor and in various sessions. For AustriaTech the regions were in the foreground, whereby the context mapping approach ITS Atoms was presented. Thus, ideas for the promotion of regional mobility concepts could be collected. The ITS Challenge Gewinner brought a breath of fresh air with them and were able to present their regional mobility concepts at the Austrian joint booth.
There was a lot going on at the national level as well: Networked and automated mobility was the focus of this year's EDay, organised by the WKO, at which AustriaTech was able to give insights into a possible future of mobility solutions. Trends and challenges of the logistics industry, as well as their implementation within the scope of projects such as AEOLIX, were discussed at the 35th Logistics Dialogue of BVL Austria in April.
The ITS Forum in May and the ITS Austria Conference in October were dedicated to mobility as a service. A completely new event this year was the Forum on Automated Mobility, which took place for the first time in this form. 27 speakers informed and discussed the status quo as well as further development steps of Automated Mobility in Austria.
In April 2019, citizens were actively involved for the first time within the framework of a special dialogue format on automated mobility. The focus was on hopes and fears as well as expectations of citizens. The international results of the dialogue were then compared, discussed and published - always with a view to future developments. These findings were taken up in the urban dialogue on automated driving within the framework of the Mobility Arena in Bern, where experts from cities and municipalities were able to contribute their views on the topic on the basis of the citizens' dialogues.
Another focus last year was on e-mobility. Special attention was paid, for example, to the charging infrastructure in existing residential construction.
The Urban Mobility Labs were pleased with the great interest shown at lectures and trade fairs (Cyberdialog, CIVITAS, asut Colloquium, etc.). AustriaTech is the national contact point of the initiative and accompanies the implementation process of the laboratories.
The AEOLIX, CAPITAL, LAirA and LinkingDanube projects completed successfully in 2019. The projects LinkingAlps, C-Roads 2, e-Mobility Check and Shift2MaaS were newly launched.
As an expert organisation, AustriaTech also provides support in the form of reports and guidelines. Among others, the following publications have been published in English (all of which can be found under Downloads):
We hope that 2020 will be just as exciting as 2019 and wish you happy holidays and a good start into the new year.