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Enabling Environments for Urban Mobility and Planning

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AustriaTech, integrator and central contact point between stakeholders in the mobility system and tasks related to its transformation, hosts two Special Focus Sessions at the “CORP - International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society” addressing two current hot topics:

  • The need for enabling environments to better interlink research and innovation with urban transportation and land-use planning and thus to overcome the borders of traditional mobility research and urban and societal practice
  • Handling the chances, challenges and tasks caused by the introduction of Automated Mobility from the perspective of urban planning


The two consecutive Special Focus Sessions “Enabling Environments for Urban Mobility and Planning” and “Automated Mobility is coming to my city!” will take place on Wednesday, 13th of September 2017 during the CORP at the Technical University of Vienna.



Special Focus Session “Enabling Environments for Urban Mobility and Planning”


Due to the dynamic development of cities and the surrounding regions, problems in the field of transport and mobility lead to growing challenges on all levels. At the same time urban and suburban regions promise new opportunities as "hot spots" for innovations. Since research projects face limited possibilities and frameworks, they seldom reach their full potentials in terms of putting their outputs into urban and societal practice.


The concept of Living Labs addresses these challenges forming an enabling environment for “real-life testing and experimentation where users and producers co-create innovations in a trusted, open ecosystem that enables business and societal innovation”. (ENoLL, online 2014)


Living Labs, emerging from an economic context, often operate in a territorial context and were first used for urban research in Finland mid of the 2000 and also found their way into mobility research and development. There, Living Labs support overcoming the borders of traditional research and provide a space for interaction of public and private actors and for the development of products and services in co-design processes.


In this Special Focus Session the concept of “Livings Labs as Enabling Environments for Urban Mobility” is explained and discussed from different perspectives: the public (funding) sector, research and Living Lab management. Participants will get insight into the rationale, approaches and methods for living labs as well as into the challenges of running open innovation in an urban living lab.

  • Walter Wasner from the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology will present the initiative "Urban Mobility Labs" (UML) that, after an exploration phase, now supports the setup and running of five innovative and experimental environments (UML) across Austria for research, testing and implementation of solutions and measures in the field of transport and mobility. Further, he will show how current funding instruments support the embedding of research projects into the UMLs.
  • The Technical University of Vienna will illustrate one methodological approach for Living Labs by explaining the “Transfer of methods from action research for Urban Mobility Labs along the example of mobility expeditions”.
  • Representatives of the City of Munich will contribute with presenting “A European Living Lab for Shared Mobility in Munich”.


Representatives of the Austrian Urban Mobility Labs will share their experience in setting-up and running a Living Lab for urban mobility and what these labs offer to research and development projects.



Special Focus Session Automated Mobility is coming to my city!


This session addresses persons who are responsible for urban planning, spatial development as well as transport planning and management within their cities.
The approach of this session is rather interactive and aims for an open discussion on the chances, challenges and to-dos.


The first part gives an introduction to the topic of connected and automated mobility, which is manifold and involves passenger traffic as well as freight, individual traffic as well as public transport. There are a lot of forecasts and expectations regarding Automated Mobility, but the time frame for implementation is quite uncertain.
In order to provide a solid basis for the discussion, 3 use cases are presented, focussing on different aspects of Automated Mobility within the city.
Each of these scenarios is very likely to become a reality in rather near future and offers different chances and challenges to the planners and will trigger different to‑dos. Whenever these scenarios might start to enter the cities, the Automated Mobility will use the same road infrastructure as conventional traffic, being an additional challenge.


The second part consists of short presentations by guest speakers, showing their view on the topic and sharing their experience from actual or previous activities:

Anna Mayerthaler, Wiener Stadtwerke / Upstream

Mathias Mitteregger, TU Vienna Futurelab / Avenue 21



The third and final part of this session gives room for a discussion between the experts on the panel but also involving the audience.
The intention is to collect different views on the Chances, Challenges and Tasks created by Automated Mobility in cities.


Main topics of this Special Focus Session:

  • Automated driving in cities and agglomerations: specific scenarios and use cases
  • Design of planning perspectives for “The Intended and the Unintended”, “Functional Mobility Spaces” and “Operating Environments”
  • Discussion and clarification on “Chances, Challenges and Tasks”


More information on the CORP can be found here.