Dec 20, 2022
Under the motto "Moving together - reimagining mobility worldwide" the Transport Research Arena (TRA) was held in Lisbon from 14 to 17 November 2022, with around 2,200 participants, more than 600 speakers and 60 exhibitors.
This year's TRA once again brought together numerous representatives from the public sector, business and research from all over the world to exchange information on the latest developments in the field of transport research and to enter into new collaborations. Lisbon has played a pioneering role in the field of mobility at least since the European Commission awarded it the "European Green Capital" prize in 2020. Over the past ten years, the Portuguese capital has taken significant steps to improve urban mobility. The organizers drew attention to these positive developments not only in the sessions and exhibitions, but also in the framework of technical tours.
AustriaTech was together with Adele Rail-IQ Systems GmbH, AIT Austrian Institute Of Technology GmbH, ALP.Lab GmbH, ANDATA GmbH, ATTC Austrian Traffic Telematics Cluster, Evolit Consulting GmbH, Bundesministerium für Klimaschutz, FH OÖ Forschungs & Entwicklungs GmbH and Igerz Business GesbR represented at the Austrian booth organized by Advantage Austria and used this occasion for an exchange with the international audience.
At this year's Transport Research Arena, discussions focused on the following topics were held: "Smart Solutions and Society", "Green Mobility and Decarbonization", "Innovative Infrastructure for Europe 2030" and "Policies and Economics for a Competitive Europe". Projects in which AustriaTech is involved, such as NAPCORE, C-Roads and CATAPULT, were also found here. "Even if the first C-ITS services are already available on Europe's roads today, further research and development activities are inevitable. In the future, automated driving functions in individual vehicles must be taken into account in addition to pure information to individual drivers," said Martin Böhm about the discussion in the session "C-ITS Deployment in Europe - Cooperative ITS is a reality".
But AustriaTech also scored with experience on the topic of NAPCORE. "The TRA was a good opportunity for me to gain deeper insights into the research community again and to identify points of contact for stronger interaction. Particularly in the data topic, we have major challenges to overcome in both research and implementation," reports Damaris Gruber. Kathrin Raunig was able to CATAPULT the project. "It was great to see that many people are concerned with the topic of integrated mobility. It was important to the participants that integrated, multimodal and sustainable mobility services should be easily adaptable and fun to use," Kathrin Raunig is pleased to report.
The project SHOW was also very present in the conference program. Thus, experiences from the project could be presented to an international audience of experts. The topics ranged from passenger acceptance of automated shuttles to advantages and disadvantages of regulations of automated mobility. The project AWARD used the international setting to make the goal of developing and enabling a safe automated transportation system in a wide range of real-world use cases visible.
We would like to thank all participants for the interesting discussions and for the successful conference.