Next generation of public transport in Helsinki
Thanks to €5.6 million under the Horizon 2020 programme robot buses help cut carbon emissions
- July 31, 2018 12:30
- Monika Dimitrova
Cities produce 70% of greenhouse gas emissions, but Helsinki is trying to become carbon neutral. It is supported in this by the Europe-wide project mySMARTLife. The project focuses on ways of cutting cities’ emissions - area by area and step by step. One aim is to increase domestic and business use of renewable energy. Smart energy-saving devices in homes and emission-free electric robot buses are among the things it is testing. A smart minibus becomes aware of its environment with sensors and notices other road users. The robot bus offers a trouble-free and safe form of travel for all, including people with limited mobility and those with prams and pushchairs.
MySMARTLife activities take place in Helsinki’s Kalasatama, Merihaka and Viikki districts. A pilot electric car is being tried out around the old Suvilahti power and gas plant, while in blocks of fats at Merihaka, attempts are being made to reduce energy waste from heating and cooling. Project tests showed energy savings of 10-20%, as well as speeding up market access for the best approaches. It will be possible to benefit from the solutions tested in Helsinki in other cities in Finland and internationally. Running from 2017 to 2022 in Helsinki, mySMARTLife has received funding totalling €5.6 million under the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation.
Source: European Commission