Since October 2015, approximately 140 stakeholders from the government, industry and research have been working together on ways to make testing automated driving in Austria a reality. At the initiative of bmvit, four working groups were formed to discuss relevant and strategic decisions to set a future course for Austria. Based on the results from the working groups, the Austrian Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology developed an Austrian strategy for automated driving and presented the final Action Plan for Automated Driving on 8 June 2016. On 29 June, Minister Jörg Leichtfried invited the actors involved to a final event to introduce the measures in detail as well as to discuss further activities.
This action plan includes nine measures to be implemented in the next two years. Before the testing of automated vehicles on Austria's roads could even begin however, an amendment to the Motor Vehicles Act (KfG) had to be made. This amendment establishes the legal framework for automated driving in Austria and was passed by the Transport Committee of the Austrian National Council on 28 June 2016. Another measure that was implemented with the publication of the action plan is the establishment of a point of contact for automated driving. AustriaTech was chosen by bmvit to serve as this point of contact with the goal of assisting and advising stakeholders, establishing a network in the Austrian Community and supporting the further development of joint actions. Among other things, information and networking events for interested stakeholders will be offered. The last event was a networking workshop for test environments on 27 July 2016.
Consortiums may currently submit a tender for the evaluation of test environments for automated driving until 31 August 2016. Further activities will already begin later this year.