Digibus® 2.0: Pilot operation 2023 in Koppl – Test phase I

A pilot operation with automated vehicles will also take place in the Salzburg municipality of Koppl in 2023. Two different models are being tested.

Building on the experience gained from the Digibus® Austria flagship project, automated transport for connecting rural regions to intermodal mobility hubs is being tested with the new Digibus® 2.0.

Like its predecessors, the self-driving research vehicle – the “Digibus® 2.0” – is in public pilot operation in the Salzburg municipality of Koppl and is aimed specifically at commuters, day trippers and tourists. All trips with the Digibus® 2.0 are free of charge.

Test phase I with the HEAT Shuttle: 31 May – 20 June 2023

Test operation on the following days (except public holidays):

  • 31.05. – 02.06.2023
  • 06.06. – 09.06.2023
  • 15.06. und 20.06.2023

Timetable subject to change. No trips during heavy rain.

We ask for your understanding that there are some conditions and restrictions for this scientific test operation. Details and all the latest information can be found at: www.digibus.at

Test phase II with the Digitrans eVAN: as of July 2023

From the end of June, a commercial VW e-Crafter will be used, which has been converted into an automated research vehicle with additional sensors and software to take over all driving tasks independently. The research and test vehicle “Digitrans eVAN” is provided by DigiTrans GmbH for Austrian research work. The vehicle is funded by the Federal Ministry for Climate Protection via the Austrian Research Promotion Agency.

Pilot operation within the framework of the EU project SHOW


Salzburg Research is responsible for this pilot test in Salzburg as part of the Europe-wide research project “SHOW – SHared automation Operating models for Worldwide adoption”. The EU project tests the use of electrified, connected and automated vehicle fleets in passenger transport and logistics in (peri-)urban areas in Europe. The SHOW project is funded by the European Union under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme (Grant Agreement No. 875530).

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