On Friday, 23 August 2019, Simonetta Sommaruga – Swiss Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of the Enviroment, Traffic, Energy and Communication (UVEK) – stopped by at the "Swiss Transit Lab" in Neuhausen am Rheinfall in the context of a short working visit that she paid to the Government of the Canton of Schaffhausen.
Later in the afternoon, the representatives of the Swiss Transit Lab welcomed Ms Sommaruga to the SIG campus in Neuhausen. In the form of short talks supported by presentations, the project members briefed the Head of the UVEK on the Swiss Transit Lab and its contributions to solving the current and future challenges in the field of mobility. Fully in line with this, the general heading of the contributions was "From Smart Mobility to the Smart City". For the representatives of Trapeze and its subsidiary AMoTech, this provided the perfect opportunity for presenting their proposed solutions for the world of public urban transport to the highest level of the UVEK Department while at the same time voicing their concerns.
Siegmar Deuring, CEO of Trapeze Switzerland, made it clear just how significant the systems developed in Neuhausen and exported to all parts of the world are for the Canton of Schaffhausen as a business site. Dominique Müller, Managing Director of AMoTech, showed that in the absence of a general regulatory framework traffic was likely to increase significantly if private motor vehicles were to be automated. On the basis of animations, he illustrated the potential public transport applications of self-driving vehicles – from large city buses to the shuttle and single-seaters.
For the companies organised in the Swiss Transit Lab, this was a highly significant event which they can look back to with pride. In her spontaneous words of thanks, Ms Sommaruga stressed the relevance of the topics and information that had been presented. She praised the initiative of the Swiss Transit Lab as an exemplary instance of how a canton can drive the development of cutting-edge technology up to the point of market maturity without requiring any specific research installations – thus developing its business base.