On 16th August 2016, Finland launched the EZ10 driverless shuttles onto the public roads of Helsinki, as part of a pilot project called SOHJOA. The project is coordinated by Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, and it aims to solve the challenges of urban mobility and also find the best solutions for city traffic, safety and user experience. The Deputy Mayor of Helsinki, Pekka Sauri, was also present at the launch.
The EZ10 driverless shuttles will be running in real traffic conditions in Finland, sequentially at 3 different locations (Helsinki, Espoo and Tampere) for one year. The service has started in Helsinki and will stop at first snow to focus on vehicle testing under extreme weather conditions (snow, ice, etc) and will resume service in spring 2017.
The EZ10 driverless shuttles were previously deployed in Vantaa for a month’s trial during the summer of 2015, as part of the CityMobil2 European project.
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