Dipl. Ing. Zengerer is the managing director of the Styrian mobility cluster ACstyria. We asked her how she sees the development of the mobility sector under the influence of digitalization.
What does digitization mean to you?
completely new possibilities and perspectives to deal with data collected in this way. This ranges from the digital twin in production and the associated analysis options to completely new business models.
What significance will digitalization have in the area of mobility in the future? How can rail transport benefit here as well?
Enormous importance. The mobility industry is changing. Increasing globalization and also increased urbanization require, in addition to existing offerings, new services that make transport systems fit for the future and enable demand-oriented, cross-modal mobility. We are also facing a small revolution in production itself, as well as in predictive maintenance.
How will information and communication technologies influence safety in transportation?
Safety is a very important topic, especially in traffic – a significant increase can be assumed here. The autonomous vehicle with intelligent sensors simply won’t get tired or distracted.
What challenges are European countries currently facing in terms of mobility and infrastructure?
The transformation currently taking place in the mobility industry is of course accompanied by major challenges. These range from the establishment of technical standards or norms to an established legal framework or joint infrastructure projects. We will certainly master this challenge in a fantastic way, especially because a lot of things are already working very well.
In what direction will the way we travel change in the future?
The big challenge will be to ensure that mobility is affordable, individual, and at the same time accessible to all.
What can transport companies (public transport, railroads) do today to make public transport more attractive for future generations?
In the case of the railroads, a great deal is already on track in this area! In our view, the course has already been set for the future
How can industry associations and mobility networks help to advance the sustainable mobility revolution?
Transport associations basically already include multimodal mobility. If I combine bus and rail providers and perhaps also rental cars, this results in very exciting approaches that can be optimized in the direction of sustainability. Digitalization is an essential tool here, for example when it comes to ticketing!
Can you describe your personal mobility behavior? Have you also set yourself personal goals as part of the climate targets?
Sustainability is also an important topic for me personally, and I attach a lot of importance to it. For example, it is also important to me to use regional products – this is a relatively effective way of reducing the CO2 footprint.
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