Looking for answers to questions such as “What we will do when we do not have to hold the wheel?”.

Over the last decade, mobility has changed significantly. The Internet, high-speed mobile networks and smartphones have made it possible to choose from a wide range of public, private or shared transportation in real-time. The electrification of means of transport has allowed a wave of micro-mobility and the construction of new roadside infrastructure. However, high-performance computers and artificial intelligence, which can already be a part of every vehicle, are leaving more and more of driving the vehicle itself.

The media company Delo joins forces with AV Living Lab this year in the three-month campaign City as a Lab: Mobility 2020, which will be concluded with the international conference of the same name on June 9 and 10 at the Crystal Palace in Ljubljana. The conference will give you an insight into the trends in the field of mobility and connect you with the most important stakeholders in Slovenia and abroad.

A unique environment for fast innovation

AV Living Lab was established in 2017 to conduct testing and to develop the mobility of the future. Companies need a rapid innovation environment to test the latest solutions. Beside BTC Company, co-owner of the company is AMZS, which has owns an ecosystem for testing in Vransko. According to AV Living Lab director Daniel Avdagič, BTC City Ljubljana is a unique ecosystem and a living environment with 21 million visitors and 12 million vehicles per year, 11 kilometers of privately owned roads and 450 shops and outlets.

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AV Living Lab has become a recognized specialist and integrator for new mobility and a unique living lab, says company director Daniel Avdagic

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“Over the course of three years, AV Living Lab has become a recognized specialist and integrator for new mobility and a unique living lab. We connect mobility with different industries, advanced technologies, the physical environment and an ecosystem rich in content, data, and people. We are developing breakthrough solutions in the field of mobility for Slovenian and foreign partners”, emphasizes Daniel Avdagič.

In 2018, AV Living lab ecosystem was expanded to include Slovenian motorways (DARS Company), bringing partners under one roof to combine diverse infrastructure (city-in-the-city, highways, test site) and expertise from a variety of industries. This way, they develop a learning environment that will enable the development of self-driving vehicle solutions and technologies.

As the director Avdagič explains, AV Living Lab’s goal is to transform mobility in the future, and among other things, seek answers to the question of what we will do when we do not have to hold the wheel while driving. AV Living Lab has brought to Slovenia the first autonomous Navya vehicle and the eHang autonomous electric airplane (drone). References also include setting up Toyota car-sharing DriveMe and projects with Daimler, Hella, and Magna.

New jobs

Technology disruptions are creating jobs that we had never imagined in a decade or two ago. This is also true in the field of mobility, which according to the World Economic Forum, shows that apart from the growth of the middle class, growing markets are also affected by the changing nature of work, climate change, driving automation and new energy. Thus, in the future, we will have mobility coordinators who will introduce sustainable mobility measures in companies.

“Companies are often unaware of disruptions outside their business. This also applies to mobility, as all companies are involved in it through business trips, fleets, logistic processes and, last but not least, customers and visitors. Therefore, at AV Living Lab we connect different industries, create new opportunities in the field of mobility and, with events such as City as a Lab: Mobility 2020, expand our knowledge in mobility, “adds Blaž Vukelić from AV Living Lab, who leads the preparation of mobility plans.

Media company Delo joins forces with AV Living Lab this year in the three-month campaign City as a Lab: Mobility 2020, which will be concluded with the international conference of the same name on June 9 and 10 at the Crystal Palace in Ljubljana. The conference will give you an insight into the trends in the field of mobility and connect you with the most important stakeholders in Slovenia and abroad.

Workplace mobility plans

In Slovenia, as much as one-sixth of the family budget is spent on personal mobility, which is the highest amount in Europe. Therefore, the state has decided to financially support (subsidize) the preparation of mobility plans for up to 50 percent through the Eco Fund. This type of document for the company is prepared by mobility professionals. It describes the current mobility of employees and / or visitors, users or customers, and provides for measures to change their behavior for the better.

A carefully developed mobility plan brings long-term benefits to the company, employees, visitors and the environment, says Blaž Vukelić, Chief Operating Officer of AV Living Lab

According to Blaž Vukelić, a carefully developed and professionally designed mobility plan – also prepared by the AV Living Lab’s interdisciplinary team – brings long-term financial benefits to the company, employees, visitors, and the environment by reducing mobility costs, enabling fleet optimization and the need for parking spaces. Employees who do not waste time in crowds or finding parking are more satisfied and efficient.

With the Mobility Plan, businesses can envisage a range of actions, such as through a mobility coordinator, by allowing flexible working hours and off-peak work, promoting walking, cycling and using public transport, purchasing work bikes, a safe driving school, building charging stations and encouraging ride-sharing. The goal is to change the travel habits of employees and visitors, improve mobility and promote sustainable forms of mobility.

The article was originally published on 6th March 2020 in Delo newspaper, published by Delo d.o.o.