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Jean-Paul Rouge
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Jean-Paul Rouge
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When a short trial of an autonomous bus first ran in Helsinki, Finland, in 2016, most riders saw it as a novelty. But by this fall, if you work in downtown Helsinki, you might start riding the city’s robo-bus as part of your daily commute. The city is one of a handful to launch a longer-term trial of the technology, running along a regular bus route.

“If we want to get real data, we need to have it in an area where the same people will be every day,” says Harri Santamala, who directs a smart mobility program at Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and is coordinating Sohjoa, a joint project that is testing the autonomous shuttles. “So we are now aiming toward the local people, feeding them to the tram or metro lines… We need strong, long-term experiences of how people will really use an autonomous bus, and what happens when the novelty value of the bus wears off.”

The tiny bus, which can hold 12 passengers and travels at a sedate seven miles an hour–slower than an average cyclist–runs on electricity. If someone cuts in front, it stops itself; like other autonomous vehicles, it holds the promise of reducing or even eliminating traffic deaths. In trials, a human is onboard in case of emergency, but in a driverless future, it will be cheap enough to operate that it can fill in transit gaps, helping people drive less. That time may be nearly here; cities just have to take a few more steps to understand how the technology can best be used.

James Bell
2 days ago
James Bell
Smart City Expert

Smart cities need smart transport services. Proper movement of people, goods and services accelerate the growth and development of a region. A well planned and efficiently managed transport network is a must for any society.

LABCITIES
3 days ago
LABCITIES
By Joan Torres

Electric car grids, smart parking, crowdsensing, digitized education, smart lighting – these are among many concepts that top global cities are pursuing to improve the experiences of citizens and businesses. Using the latest technologies, local governments are addressing pain points that are top of mind for their citizens.

For example, In The Netherlands, Amsterdam is one of the highest traffic regions so the city launched its own “virtual traffic manager” which tracks and controls the entire national traffic system in a centralized system. Because of this initiative, Amsterdam natives spend ten percent fewer hours in vehicles. Digital change takes time and resources, but many cities around the world are paving the way for what will be the future standard of city living.

James Bell
3 days ago
James Bell
Smart City Expert

Traffic congestion has become a common problem since the time automobiles have hit the roads and overpopulation has hit the cities. The worse conditions are seen in developing countries where people adjust their daily routine according to the long hours they have to spend stuck in traffic. For the same reason urban planners have begun incorporating technology and artificial intelligence in reducing traffic congestions and in setting up a smart traffic management system.

LABCITIES
4 days ago
LABCITIES
By Marc Van Steyvoort

Trials in Denmark carried out by Nissan Motor Co. and Italy’s biggest utility Enel SpA showed how batteries inside electric cars could help balance supply and demand at times and provide a new revenue stream for those who own the vehicles
( Source Bloomberg Technology )

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