Finland launches automated buses in three cities

Automated last mile buses that can transport up to nine persons will enter the public roads in Finland this summer to solve the challenges of urban mobility. The buses will be on a trial use in the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Tampere. The Finnish Transport Safety Agency Trafi grants permissions for safe automatic transportation trials.

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Automated last mile buses will enter the public roads in Finland this summer to solve the challenges of urban mobility. These small electric buses can transport up to nine persons. The buses will be on a trial use in the cities of Helsinki, Espoo and Tampere in SOHJOA project coordinated by Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.

The Finnish Transport Safety Agency Trafi grants permissions for safe automatic transportation trials. The Finnish transportation legislation has given a true international competitive advantage for all the developers of the automated transportation. In the SOHJOA Project this legislative advantage is implemented for the first time in practical use by the businesses developing technologies and services as well as cities involved in the Project.

The Project’s main goal is to provide possibilities for Finnish companies to develop new product and service ideas in the open innovation platform, aiming towards road traffic automation. The aim is to set Finland to the development fast lane of automated road transport systems and to create new export businesses.

The project also aims to increase the awareness of the transformation road traffic within municipalities and among transportation service users and other stakeholder groups. According to international technology companies’ predictions, the automatization of traffic is happening rapidly over the following years. The benefits, disadvantages, risks, preconditions as well as visions and dreams of the future possibilities must be developed in collaboration with urban communities. The robot buses were tested among the first countries in the world in Finland during summer 2015 at Kivistö housing fair located in the city of Vantaa. Now similar EasyMile EZ10 buses that operated on the spot, will be tested further – in real life traffic conditions. Two robot buses will arrive this July to the streets of Hernesaari in Helsinki.

After Helsinki, buses will operate in Espoo from August to September and in Tampere from October to November, where they will be in use until the first snow falls. In the spring 2017 the piloting will continue.


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