Sustainable development through automated freight mobility

Position paper: Automated freight mobility as the key to sustainable development of modern transport

In the future, automated freight mobility and autonomous vehicles will be the key for implementing more environmentally friendly concepts for traffic and freight transport. The new technologies offer numerous opportunities for the sustainable development of our cities, the further development of infrastructure, industry and the research location as well as for more safety and well-being of people.

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Summary and Insight:

In the first part of the position paper, the opportunities from the environment of automated freight mobility and commercial vehicles are outlined. In the second part, the contributions that Digitrans and other test regions can make in the area of automated freight mobility are outlined. The third part of the paper elaborates on the need for political action to apply the new technologies and use them in a way that brings us closer to our common development goals.

Only if we set the course in good time and promote future-oriented technologies can sustainable and automated freight mobility become a reality.

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Opportunities for automated freight mobility of the future:

The Digitrans test region develops concepts for automated freight mobility and transportation of the future. Our work makes contributions to positively influence the progress of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In our view, the use of autonomously driving vehicles in the area of freight mobility can make a particularly important contribution to four of these sustainability goals:

  • Automated commercial vehicles can improve our health and quality of life
  • Automated freight mobility and autonomous commercial vehicles increase the effectiveness of infrastructure and help expand the industrial base
  • Automated mobility enables the design of sustainable cities and communities
  • Automated freight mobility can pave the way to Zero Emission Mobility

What contribution do the test regions make in order to be able to realize
automated freight mobility:

Detailed answers and assessments are still lacking for many of the questions. The idea of how automated freight mobility and autonomous commercial vehicles can be integrated into transport systems is not yet clear enough and the opportunities that present themselves are not yet exploitable.

To find these answers and to create the security and clarity that is needed, the test regions ,especially Digitrans, in Austria are building up the necessary test know-how, as well as the necessary test infrastructure, e.g. on test fields on public roads or on test tracks built for this purpose. The new technologies in the field of automated freight transport and autonomous commercial vehicles are also being further developed and implemented in practical use cases.

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