The mobility of tomorrow is fundamentally characterised by the advancing digitalisation. First applications of automated driving systems and functions are already available on the market and can be tested on public roads under certain conditions. It is clear that automated mobility has great potential. However, the increasing development of automated and connected technologies cannot change the transport system on its own, but must be considered in a holistic framework with a view to a service-oriented and a climate-friendly mobility system.
The development of automated driving functions and mobility is being researched globally. Therefore it is important to closely coordinate national activities with European and international initiatives. The Austrian Action Programme on Automated Mobility (2019 - 2022), which mainly addresses the appropriate and efficient use of automated mobility, was presented in November 2018. It follows the first action plan „Automated – Connected – Mobile“, which the Austrian Federal Ministry of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK) launched and thereby took the first steps towards the future implementation and use of automated vehicles and mobility services. The Austrian strategy when confronted with automated mobility includes the (inter-)national networking of Austrian suppliers and research institutions, the expansion of scientific competence, the legal framework, initial measures in dealing with digital infrastructure as well as the development of test environments, combined with measures for testing and developing under real conditions.
One of the measures was the establishment of the National Contact Point for Automated Mobility at AustriaTech. The Contact Point for Automated Mobility examines and supports tests of automated vehicles. Thus, it is the point of contact for those organisations that want to test automated vehicles on public roads in Austria. Furthermore, it connects the various proving grounds, projects and actors to impart and exchange knowledge and information in the best possible way and to provide feedback within the scope of impact assessment. Learning from tests and pilots within the frame of defined use cases, and developing new mobility forms is an important focus of the Austrian strategy in dealing with automated mobility.