Helsinki strengthens its pioneering in intelligent transport
Former Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg announced today that Helsinki has been chosen to participate in the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles, a global initiative aimed at enhancing the ability of cities to prepare for the emergence of autonomous vehicles and to ensure that planning for the intelligent transport solution will enhance residents’ quality of life and improve social challenges.
The initiative has been started by the American Bloomberg Philanthropies organisation and The Aspen Institute. Cities that participate in the initiative in addition to Helsinki include the European cities London and Paris, the American cities Austin, Los Angeles, Nashville and Washington DC as well as Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo and Tel Aviv.
The initiative will help Helsinki prepare for the full range of potential implications of autonomous vehicles, including impacts on transport, the environment, social challenges, and many other areas. This would further urban well-being and the functionality of cities. The initiative brings together operators of different fields from the participating cities and thus helps the cities prepare for the development of intelligent transport. The objective is to create guidelines and tools that also help other cities to utilise the possibilities of intelligent transport.
Helsinki is currently undergoing a major turning point of the urban framework as new residential areas are being built right by the core of the city and older areas are being compressed. For example, these areas are where Helsinki is interested in realising different kinds of intelligent transport pilots.
Helsinki’s focuses also include utilising open data and real-time traffic information which have produced positive experiences here. Furthermore, implementing design thinking to the development of intelligent transport solutions would be quite natural for Helsinki.
The extensive collaboration initiative is expected to bring new business opportunities and international networks to the companies and start-ups based in the Helsinki area.
In addition to the city of Helsinki, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Helsinki Regional Transport Authority and Smart & Clean Foundation have participated in the preliminary arrangement phase.
One of the two background contributors of the initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies, is an organisation founded by Michael R. Bloomberg, who acted as the mayor of New York from 2002 to 2013. The organisation promotes the environmental, public health, education and cultural fields and the renewal of public administration by granting reliefs among other measures. The other background contributor is The Aspen Institute, which is a neutral think tank and research institute that focuses on developing leadership and public policy.
The American Bloomberg Philanthropies