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“A journey into the future” in Silicon Valley

Mobility is regarded as the trend of the future. There is also talk of disruption and a new age of multi-mobility. Numerous experiments are under way with the aim of always being one step ahead, as exemplified impressively in Silicon Valley. Therefore, Paul Steininger, Director International Sales & Business Development, recently travelled to the high-tech valley, as a participant in an Austrian Chamber of Commerce trip, in order to gather insights into the latest developments in the automotive and logistics branches.

Silicon Valley, which is located near San Francisco, is characterised by an extremely strong and dynamic entrepreneurial scene with more than 35,000 start-ups. Paul Steininger sums up his own “Eureka moment” as follows: “Even if one has already heard a great deal about this unique entrepreneurial spirit, experiencing it at first hand is something else. Indeed, even if an idea is not yet mature, the simply go ahead and try it motto really does apply. Consequently, the manner in which mistakes are dealt with differs entirely from ours and in addition, many initiatives would be impossible in Europe owing to approval procedures and bureaucracy. This approach creates a dramatic reduction in time to market, even though in the light of recent incidents during autonomous driving testing, this can also be criticised.”   

Autonomous driving in stages
The second clear confirmation that Paul Steininger received was that autonomous driving is developing in stages. It is estimated that prior to the arrival of driverless vehicles, an interim phase consisting of a level in which manual intervention remains necessary will be possible in urban traffic as from 2025. The fully autonomous vehicle stage (Level 5) should then follow from 2030 onwards. Paul Steininger: “It is an impressive fact that at present 52 companies in California possess a licence to test autonomous vehicles on public roads. Therefore, it is perfectly feasible that in the coming decade a number of technology firms will confront the established automotive manufacturers with serious competition. The efforts of officialdom within this context are also impressive, as 140 employees of the California Department of Transport are currently working full-time on the topic of autonomous driving. Massive efforts will also be required on the part of the infrastructure sector, for example in the maintenance area.”