Planning for Cities: Helsinki Sets The Pace For The Future of Mobility

TEI/IET Mobility Newsletter

Montreal, QC (Nov. 12, 2015) – Last year, an article in Business Insider identified the 18 most innovative cities in the world. Helsinki was one these cities and was selected for its “super innovative transit system – one that will soon have a real-time marketplace for customers to choose among transport providers and piece together the fastest or cheapest way of getting where they need to go.”

According to a recent US study, growth in congestion is “outpacing the nation’s ability to build the roads, bridges, trains and other infrastructure to handle all these people on the move.”

Helsinki appears to have found a sustainable mobility solution that will, for all intents and purposes, eliminate the need for personal vehicle ownership by the city’s residents because it will provide them with attractive, accessible alternatives.

The goal? To get there by 2020. The solution? Mobility as a Service (MaaS). Read the full article, with pricing plans and more information, via the link below.

  • Electrification of transportation: London UK licensed taxis will need to be zero emission beginning in 2018.
  • Québec announced its 2015-2020 electrification strategy.
  • Last month, Apple hired an artificial intelligence expert from Nvidia. For an Apple car?
  • Nissan will be debuting its self-driving electric vehicle concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show.
  • Google has publicly stated that their fully driverless vehicles will be ready in 2020 – but maybe earlier
  • Tesla’s Elon Musk is also talking about full autonomy within three years.
  • GM is declaring itself a leader in the autonomous vehicle technology space.
  • An increasing number of European cities, including London, Paris, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Brussels, Dublin, Oslo and Madrid, have set their sights on urban centres without vehicles.
  • Uber is increasingly being perceived as a threat by auto manufacturers.
  • On-demand shared cars located inside residential buildings is increasingly being used as a real estate perk in cities like NY where vehicle ownership is low.
  • Insurance: One of the biggest pieces of news to hit the autonomous vehicle sector this last month was Volvo’s announcement that the company will accept full responsibility for any accidents caused by its driverless cars.
  • KPMG released a report that concludes that autonomous vehicles could shrink US personal auto insurance by 60%. The impact would be underestimated if autonomous vehicles are defined as fully autonomous.
  • Two Australian mines are now moving all their iron ore with driverless trucks.
  • … and more.

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Source: MARCON