A test area where companies can test and develop various smart transport solutions is being developed in the Hervanta area. The development work for the test area has been launched together 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 Hervanta, Tampere.
Internationally recognised development of smart transport and automated mobility has been carried out in Tampere for a long time. New smart transport solutions also place fresh demands on telecommunications.
“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”, says Markku Niemi from Business Tampere.
The purpose is to enable the testing of highly automated mobility, meaning that the vehicle travels independently without a driver and automation takes care of controlling and steering the vehicle.
Test platform for automated transport is a rarity
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. There are not many similar test areas in the world that function as part of a normal urban environment. The development work for the test area was started 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”, says Atte Riihelä, Project Manager at Ramboll Finland.
The future test area can be used by companies, universities and research institutes, for example. The City of Tampere also has plans for various experiments and pilots utilising the test area.
Tampere a pioneer in the development of smart mobility
Tampere has made major investments in future transport in recent years, the most significant of which is of course the Tampere Tramway. The tramway marks a notable change in the entire public transport system of Tampere.
The Mayor’s programme of the City of Tampere has set the goal of Tampere becoming a model city for technological development. One of the focus areas for development is smart transport and autonomous mobility. One interesting option is to utilise automatic buses as part of the transport system, for example, in feeder traffic for the tramway. The 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.
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