Helsinki, FI is piloting AVs
A global leader in the smart city movement, Helsinki grabbed headlines in late 2016 with the SOHJOA “robot bus” pilot. Featuring an Easymile EZ10 bus traversing a 1/4-mile route on the city’s Hernesaari waterfront district, the pilot helped the city increase public awareness of AV technology.
The next phase of automated bus tests, called Helsinki RoboBusLine, will run for three years under the EU-funded mySMARTLife research program, a multi-city project aimed at reducing carbon emissions. Meanwhile, Helsinki is also innovating not just technology, but the way government will create the capacity to drive innovation: the city’s Chief Design Officer, a new position created in 2016, will oversee cross-cutting efforts to integrate AVs into the urban environment.