On 14.09.2021, the Bitkom working group on automated, connected & autonomous driving held its digital meeting.The focus of the digital meeting, which was organised by the ITS mobility/ TAVF Coordination Centre in terms of content, was the topic "ITS strategy and practice: the role of autonomous and connected driving". With the law on autonomous driving coming into force in July 2021, Germany has now set the course for exploiting the potential of autonomous and connected mobility in regular operation. Dr. Anjes Tjarks, Senator for Transport and Mobility Transition of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, presented Hamburg's ITS strategy to the more than 70 participants and then answered questions about future challenges for autonomous and connected mobility in cities. In addition, the managing director of ITS mobility GmbH and head of the TAVF Coordination Centre, Steve Schneider, presented the current status and future activities of the test track for automated and connected driving in Hamburg and shared further experiences on the topic. Afterwards, TAVF users Continental and NXP impressively presented their future-proof mobility solutions for vulnerable road users.