The benefits of the developments related to autonomous driving are mainly seen in the fact that road safety is increasing. It is expected that there will be a significant reduction in the number of accidents caused by human error. Furthermore, a possible added value is also seen in the fact that the job profile of the 'truck driver' is made more attractive by higher qualification and a predicted staff shortage in this sector could be mastered. In addition, emissions reduction and fuel savings will occur in the area of truck platooning (for example, by enabling 'slipstreaming'), and intelligent traffic guidance systems will lead to congestion reductions.
The LOGISTIKUM as a competence center for logistics and supply chain management is research partner in the recent project 'DigiTrans', which is headed by the Automotive Cluster Upper Austria. In the region of the central area of Linz-Wels-Steyr requirements for a test region for autonomous driving are surveyed. Based on this survey the research partners will design a test region together with research teams of the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), the Institute for Innovative Energy and Substance Exchange Systems (IESTA) and supported by the Ministry of Transport.
For Upper Austria, this project provides an important starting point for the introduction of a test region for automated transport networks and future research and development projects together with the automotive industry and IT companies in the region.
For more information please contact the LOGISTIKUM:
Professor Dr. Matthias Neubauer
Tel: +43 5 0804 33224, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org