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Test area for robotic vehicles under development in Tampere

The goal is to develop a secure and reliable test network that utilises Nokia’s cloud-based private LTE test network in the suburb of Hervanta.

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 New smart transport and automated mobility services will be tested in a real urban environment
New smart transport and automated mobility services will be tested in a real urban environment

Finnish city Tampere has announced a designated area for testing and development of smart transport solutions.

 

Launched in partnership with companies, research institutes and educational institutions, the goal is to develop a secure and reliable test network that utilises Nokia’s cloud-based private LTE test network in the suburb of Hervanta.

 

Future 5G technology

 

Built by Nokia, the LTE network allows smart city products and services that utilise future 5G technology to be tested and developed.

 

“Tampere has diverse expertise and development in telecommunications technology, and many companies and research institutes in the field operate here. The idea of developing a test area specifically in Hervanta came from the needs of these companies and research institutes”, said Markku Niemi, senior business advisor, Business Tampere.

 

The purpose is to enable the testing of highly automated mobility, meaning that the vehicle travels independently without a driver and with automation taking care of controlling and steering the vehicle.

“Our international benchmark study found four factors that support success: the region’s high level of expertise, public support, political will, and a transport environment suitable for testing”

The test area offers companies and research institutes the opportunity to try out new smart transport and automated mobility services in a real urban environment. The development work for the test area began in the ERDF project “Smart City Test Area – Towards Level 4 Automated Transport”. The project is funded by the Council of Tampere Region.

 

“Our international benchmark study found four factors that support success: the region’s high level of expertise, public support, political will, and a transport environment suitable for testing.” All of these factors are present in the case of the test area in Tampere,” added Atte Riihelä, project manager at Ramboll Finland, a consulting engineering business.

 

The mayor’s programme of the City of Tampere has set the goal of it becoming a model city for technological development. One of the focus areas for development is smart transport and autonomous mobility. One option is to utilise automatic buses as part of the transport system, for example, in feeder traffic for the tramway.

 

Testing of robotic buses is already underway in Hiedanranta, which aims to be a carbon-neutral district in the future. Going forward, the Hervanta test area will enable the further development of the testing of solutions based on robotic buses.Tampere said it also has other plans for various experiments and pilots utilising the test area.

 

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