Project start for the autonomous driving lab Wien ZWA - Zukunft wird automatisiert ("future will come automated")
Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology co-funds our consortium's setting up a European integrated automated driving test facility. This decision follows a competitive national call for proposals with a peer-reviewed selection process administered by FFG (Austrian funding agency for applied-technology projects). Our convincing mission has been to enable fast forward learning on "safe mobility for all" by means of using (semi)-autonomous cars on one of the world's best equipped real-world mixed-traffic infrastructure (Vienna metropolitan area, Austria). Rapid learning for us involves the ever new dynamic interaction between pedestrians, two-wheelers and (semi)-autonomous vehicles. This dynamically re-invents on a daily basis the inclusion and radically improved anticipation skills for all land transport (pedestrians, two-wheelers, urban/sub-urban/overland transport, motorway/urban streets, public transport, multi-modal transport modes, dynamic exploratory adaptation behaviour). We all learn every day – and at an increasing speed. This is why our acronym in German would translate into "Future will come automated to the square". The consortium bundles forces of Austria's most experienced organisations in innovative future mobility, traffic sensors, vehicle sensors, simulation algorithms, open innovation test environments, safe transport, smart mobility, smart safety, traffic management of the future, traffic light controllers and infrastructure-to-car-technologies: Andata (Hallein/Vienna), HiTec (Vienna), Smart Safety Solutions – Kuratorium für Verkehrssicherheit (Vienna) and Swarco-Futurit (Vienna). Anybody can come, test and learn fast. High-level international visibility is granted from Austria's government hosting key events during its chair of the European Council in 2018 as well as TRA 2018 in Vienna, Austria.