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Mobility in Austria A location with a global reputation

Austria is an important driver of innovative mobility concepts: Whether as a manufacturer and supplier of vehicle technologies, innovations in the rail industry or in the area of aviation.

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What do a BMW engine and a VW emblem have in common? With a high probability, both come from Austria. Here, all the parts are produced that a car needs. Also entire vehicles, from an SUV to a fire engine.



Austria is an international player as the manufacturer and supplier of vehicles, vehicle parts and technologies: The automotive industry offers its customers top performance in areas such as chassis construction, electronics, engines or service. Around the world, there is barely a car that comes off the production line that has not been supplied "made in Austria". 

That Austria is an important driver of innovative mobility concepts is also shown in the key area of autonomous driving. Numerous companies develop and test the transport solutions of tomorrow here: For instance, TTTech, originally a spin-off of the TU Vienna, is now a global player with its "MotionWise" software. Corporations such as Samsung and Infineon invest in the cutting-edge technology for self-driving, safe cars. And in Styria, there is Europe's most diverse test area for autonomous driving, the ALP.Lab.

90 %
export ratio for vehicles produced in Austria
people in total are employed in the automotive sector
€ 1000000000
were invested in R&D in the automotive sector in 2020
€ 25500000000
production value in the vehicle industry

Did you know...

The Austrian Light Vehicle Proving Region for Automated Driving (ALP.Lab) is the one-stop shop for the testing of automated vehicles. 

...that Europe's most diverse test area for autonomous driving is located in Austria?

Everything on the railway
The rail industry in Austria  

When it comes to innovations in the rail industry, the companies of Austria's rail industry are key players and some of the most innovative anywhere in the world. Calculated by the number of registered patents as well as the number of inventors, Austria ranks sixth in a global comparison. Today, between two and three per cent of all patents relevant to the rail sector and registered worldwide come from Austria and in track superstructure the figure is actually 50%.


The products cover the entire bandwidth – from waggons to railway tracks, safety and control technology to underground railways and high-speed trains. The portfolio of rail traffic, however, also includes entirely new segments such as cargo, logistics, tourism, planning, project management, environmental compatibility and international partnerships. With an export ratio of 64 per cent, the Austrian rail industry is also an important factor in Austrian foreign trade: On average, two out of three euros that are generated by the Austrian rail industry are earned abroad. This makes Austria one of the leading rail countries with one of the world's most efficient railway systems. 

Aviation from Austria

The research-intensive aviation sector is an important economic factor in Austria.


Delivery, maintenance, repair and service have made aviation a growing sector here for decades. Since the 2000s, around €400 million has been invested in research, technology and innovation. The goal of the funding is to place the country on an even broader basis as a successful supplier.

13 %
of whom are employed in R&D
75 %
export ratio
€ 3000000000
in turnover

Success Stories


TTTech Auto has become a successful global player in the field of “highly automated driving” within a period of only four years. In the meantime, it already employs more than half of all the employees working in the TTTech Group. Thanks to its core product MotionWise, TTTech Auto has developed a tried and tested software vehicle platform in series production which has now been installed in close to two million vehicles.  

The full Success Story is available here.

Vienna is really located in the centre of the world and is very well-known as a cultural metropolis, but also because it has quite a lot to offer technology and innovation companies.

Mag. Georg Kopetz Mitgründer, CEO und Mitglied des Vorstands

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