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Digital era for transport conference

Co-organiser, the Austrian Institute of Technology, conducts research in the field of smart cities on urban development and urban mobility

Some 3,000 scientists and experts attended the Transport Research Arena
Some 3,000 scientists and experts attended the Transport Research Arena

Digitisation and decarbonisation of transport systems were among the key themes discussed at Europe’s largest transport research conference, the Transport Research Arena (TRA).


Some 3,000 scientists and experts attended this year’s event in Vienna which was entitled “A digital era for transport -- solutions for society, economy and environment”. More than 90 sessions were convened in the areas of transport and mobility across the four-day event last week.


Austria’s largest research and technology organisation, the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), which also co-organised the conference, presented a large number of current projects.


These ranged from: the battery of the future; innovative rapid loading systems; new materials for vehicle construction; methods and technologies for improving road safety; as well as solutions for making mobility systems and freight transport even more efficient.


According to the AIT, decarbonisation is one of the major challenges within the mobility sector. Its research work seeks to make important contributions in curbing climate change in the future and in keeping the planet habitable for future generations. Projects in the field of e-mobility and energy include making engine drives simultaneously environmentally friendly, low-emission and more efficient.


The institute’s research also aims to optimise transportation in a climate-friendly way. These include projects such as location planning for bike-sharing systems or more efficient route planning in transport and fleet management.


A further goal of the AIT researchers is the production of new materials. A breakthrough in the production of new materials in the KryoAlu project means that metal alloys can now be produced at temperatures of minus 150°C. This renders complex heating processes unnecessary and is considered a pioneering project worldwide, said the AIT


Meanwhile, in the age of digitisation, it is increasingly important to have sufficient protection in place for critical infrastructures. Global networking and technological progress are also opening new possibilities for making transport systems even more efficient.


To make full use of technical resources, the AIT said it is constantly researching forward-looking projects in these areas. Developments range from 5G wireless communication, which enables self-driving cars to communicate with each other, digital monitoring of structural dynamics or noise protection and to research and improve self-driving transport systems.


The AIT also conducts research in the field of smart cities on urban development and urban mobility. The human dimension of urban design is also in the interest of the AIT’s research work, which is implemented in technologies like virtual reality, for example.


Furthermore, the Centre for Innovation Systems & Policy takes on an advisory role in Austria as well as in European politics and is dedicated to working on current and future challenges in the field of mobility and transport.


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