April 14, 2016

Automated driving gathers speed in Finland

The Ministry of Transport and Communications has outlined that Finland should be leading the way with preparedness for automated road traffic and in utilising the resultant possibilities created.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications has outlined that Finland should be leading the way with preparedness for automated road traffic and in utilising the resultant possibilities created.
Liikennevirasto

The world’s first national report on automated driving has found Finland at the forefront.

Compiled by VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, at the behest of the Finnish Transport Agency and Trafi, the roadmap and action plan 2016–2020 for automated road traffic offers numerous measures for local authorities to plan and implement.

Bringing together related transport authority activities and resource needs, these measures have been divided into five categories: infrastructure; road pavement and equipment; vehicle systems; services and functions; and driver.

“The measures proposed in it, and directly related to the road network, concern road marking, positioning, data transmission between the infrastructure and vehicle, and the testing areas involved in this,” says Risto Kulmala, leading ITS specialist at the Finnish Transport Agency.

The number of actions proposed is considerable: there are 114 individual suggestions for the first two years of the study period alone.

“The subject was also widely discussed from the driver’s standpoint as well as from the perspective of the vehicle and its systems,” explains Anna Schirokoff at Trafi. “Examples of this are driver instruction, driving licence, availability of data on vehicle equipment and features, safe data transmission and technical approval of the vehicle.”

More than 100 commercial or government organisations also participated in the work by attending various workshops.

Report here (in Finnish with English summary, the report will be published in English shortly).

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