Two automated robobuses arrived in the streets of Hernesaari, Helsinki this week for a month-long trial. These modern driverless buses are transporting up to nine persons and they operate alongside normal traffic and commuters. The robobus can run up to 40km per hour but travels at an average speed of 10km per hour.
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.
Finland has already strong know-how in the fields of machine vision, intelligent route planning and traffic in winter conditions. The Finnish transportation legislation has given a true international competitive advantage for all the developers of the automated transportation: unlike most of the rest of the world, Finnish law does not require vehicles on public roads to have a driver. This has made testing automated vehicles easier and faster in Finland. The SOHJOA Project aiming at solving urban mobility challenges is coordinated by Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences.