Transport and logistics 2016

Sohjoa and Nordic Way Projects

Helsinki, Finland


Metropolia, Aalto University, Forum Virium Helsinki, Finnish Geographical Institute, Tampere University of Technology.


Autonomous buses and associated technology

This testbed tests and pilots self-driving buses in real world use in Helsinki and Tampere. In addition, an open innovation platform is created that companies can use to develop new product and service ideas. The testbed ended in 2018.

What was tested

Autonomous buses; Data management; Business Cases

Testbed purpose

The main purpose is to explore solutions to challenges of new traffic services and road transport automation


The autonomous bus operated on a straight, quarter-mile route in the district of Hernesaari in Helsinki, turning 180 degrees at both ends. It connected popular saunas and restaurants at one end with restaurants at the other. The environment was chosen due to the different traffic issues during different times of the day.

Use cases

  • Testing innovation for verification and proof-of-concept
  • Make public services better and more efficient

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