Today's planning of tomorrow's mobility focuses on automated and connected driving. Four questions are of special importance for Austria:
- How will automated driving change the Austrian traffic system?
- What are the requirements for a future (also digital) infrastructure to implement automated driving?
- How can reliability and safety of new systems and technologies be ensured?
- How can Austria secure and expand its existing strong automotive supplier industry and ICT-industry to maintain international competitiveness?
The project DigiTrans has the goal to create a test region for automated and connected driving. The test region will be located in the upper centre of Austria, in the triangle Wels - Linz - Steyr and address the requirements from industry and manufacturing in a sustainable and effective user-centred fashion. Following initial project cases of application have already been identified upfront:
- Scenarios for the transfer of control for transport vehicles from automated driving to manual driving within the test region Austria-North (automated driving, entering and exiting a highway onto a secondary road net or business premises).
- Analysing of transshipment processes for transferring loads from transport vehicles onto special purpose vehicles for operations near business premises.
- Automated routing of special vehicles within business premises (e.g. harbour, airport).
- Demand-oriented use of automated solutions for city logistics (e.g. last-mile transportation, supply- and disposal-services, road maintenance etc.).
On the basis of these cases of applications, DigiTrans optimizes mobility of goods by:
- Offering a testing track for service providers with goods: The track is open for all car manufactures and service providers to establish new mobility concepts with assisted and self-driving vehicles. Specifically, the testing track allows eliciting the requirements for successful integration of new and automated solutions.
- Development of a testing infrastructure: Infrastructure and service-operators along with partners of the Initiative Connected Mobility will develop a testing region for automated driving to evolve and validate new approaches of automated driving.
- Cases of applications for freight and logistics: the test region allows long and short-haul transportation to meet the needs of transport and logistic services at a new level of quality and thereby achieve competitive benefits compared to other regions.