The operation of automated vehicles was tested in Finnish conditions as part of the NordicWay project, funded by the Finnish Transport Agency and the Finnish Transport Safety Agency, Trafi. The aim of the pilot study on automated public transport was to use robot buses in a real traffic environment and to examine how the robot buses could complement the current transport system. The trial gave companies an opportunity to test and develop their own solutions as well as the robot bus, as part of the open innovation platform used in the SOHJOA project.
"In our transport authority role, we want to support the creation of the new services and companies that were examined in the SOHJOA trial", says Ilkka Kotilainen, Project Manager at the Finnish Transport Agency.
Automated road transport improves traffic safety by reducing the number of accidents, in which people's inattention nowadays play a significant role. Fewer vehicles reduce emissions, and society benefits from more effective transport as automated vehicles are used by more people.