11. 04. 2023
Author: Jan Tichý
Last week's Innovative Mobility Conference in Linz, Austria, was an excellent event that brought together stakeholders from across Europe. The main objective of the conference was to exchange knowledge and replicate successful projects on innovative mobility. It was one of several Mobility Missions within the European RECIPROCITY project, which was attended by JINAG Mobility Specialist, Jan Tichý.
The conference started with contributions from mobility experts from the Austrian federal and state governments, which provided a comprehensive overview of the latest trends and innovations from the public sector. The support and openness of the public sector to innovation is crucial in its implementation, which was confirmed by all participants during the subsequent seminars and workshops.
One of the most important themes that emerged from the conference was the role and limits of technology in the implementation of innovative mobility. A number of participants highlighted the use of advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) to improve the efficiency and safety of mobility. This approach was confirmed by experts on the autonomous vehicle testbed that was part of the excursion. Meanwhile, off-road testing is still necessary as legislative barriers prevent deployment in real-world operations.
Another important element that emerged from the conference was the importance of cooperation between mobility stakeholders. The need for greater coordination between governments, the private sector and academic institutions in developing sustainable mobility solutions that are affordable, competitive yet sustainable was highlighted.
Many case studies were presented during the conference, showing successful projects in the field of innovative mobility. These included initiatives on electric vehicles, public transport, shared mobility and changing transport behaviour.
Mobility Mission Linz was a successful event that brought important representatives of interest institutions from all sides of innovative mobility to the same table. The conference provided a platform for the exchange of knowledge and experiences from successful projects that are worth developing further in other places in Europe.
The practical seminars and workshops aimed at identifying key problems and possible solutions not only served the participants themselves, but their outputs will be used to set pan-European policies. In addition to the practical experience, the event was equally important for establishing friendly working relationships for further international cooperation.