Austria 2017 review

ÖAMTC Fahrzentrum Teesdorf played host to the final Self Driving Track Days event of our inaugural 2016-2017 series.

In the region of Baden, Austria, only a short journey from Vienna, around 90 people attended this exciting one-day event, experiencing demonstrations in vehicles provided by TU Graz and Virtual Vehicle Research Center, both based in the country, and learning from engineers and technology developers working on autonomous vehicle technology.

Support from industry

Workshop sessions were hosted by 3-hour sessions were delivered by specialists from TU GrazCodeplay SoftwareAIMotiveHoriba Mira, with further contributions from NovAtelQuantum, and a joint demonstration from NXP and Intempora, with valued support from DataSpeed in the exhibition, demos and panel Q&A session chaired by co-founder Alex Lawrence-Berkeley at the end of the day.

International event

Attendees from Austria, as well as travellers from Poland, Germany and the UK, attended talks by speakers from countries including the US, UK, France and Hungary at a unique and buzzing event which received very positive feedback from sponsors, speakers and attendees alike.

What attendees said

  • “Organization is perfect… price to performance ratio is outstanding” Tomasz Bialek, FEV Polska
  • “At Self Driving Track Days Austria I got to meet several major companies in the field of autonomous driving. I had a blast, especially while catching a ride with a self-driving car.” Kaspar Sakmann, T-Mobile Austria.
  • “It was meaningful to know and experience the state-of-the-art self driving technology. First of all it was good chance to take a test run on autonomous vehicle. In addition to this event was very well organized.” Chansong Jeong, FH Technikum Wien.

    Arpad Takacs, Outreach Scientist at AI Motive, delivering the “AI in the ecosystem of self driving cars” workshop
  • “Good talks, interesting in-car demos and networking opportunities.” Sebastian Busch, Elektrobit Austria GmbH
  • “A super one day event with a wide variety of information.” Christian Aschauer, Universität für Bodenkultur,Institut für Landtechnik.

Outreach and visibility in the community

It was evident from where the attendees had heard about the event that Self Driving Track Days is reaching groups, companies and organisations that typically don’t access international events, including various meetup groups, small companies and researchers in smaller companies and academic organisations.

Arno Eichberger, or TU Graz, being interviewed by Austrian TV

Media coverage

Broadcast, online and print media were in attendance, with features online, on national TV and on radio by the Austrian national broadcaster, ORF, as well as online features in industry magazines Fleet & Economy, Car & Economy, international online coverage on IEEE Spectrum’s Cars That Think. See more…

Support through the year

It’s important for us, as well as the hundreds of people that have engaged with demonstrations, workshops and events we have run in this first year to take a moment and thank all of the companies that have made this possible:

Firstly out partners and sponsors, AutonomouStuff, NovAtel, Quantum Corporation, Intempora, NXP, LeddarTech – without whom Self Driving Track Days would not have happened at all.

Our friends in the industry that have worked so hard to provide demonstrations on-track, including DataSpeed Inc, Anthony Best Dynamics, Virtual Vehicle Research Center and TU Graz

Many other people that have helped along the way, such as journalists, numerous guest speakers at our meetup and track events, marketing teams, venue crew, contractors and colleagues, insurers, camera crew and especially all the meetup group organisers that have helped promote these unique events to their communities of interested people – above all others, as volunteers, they have made the biggest difference – please support them!

What’s next

A note from Alex:

“It’s been a crazy year, a very steep learning curve and utterly exhausting.  I am grateful to my colleagues in Sense Media, especially Rob Stead, for supporting this challenging project and I am looking forward to seeing it grow and mature in such a short space of time.  

Self Driving Track Days will return with more events in 2018, but if you can’t wait for your autonomous technology fix, please sign up to the mailing list for updates and news about future events, and check out AutoSens this September in Brussels, which is the much bigger industry event we also organise. See you next year!”