Helsinki, Finland tests new solutions for inner-city travel
An ERDF-funded project in Helsinki is testing four pilot solutions to help locals and tourists travel more easily around the city by boat, car or bicycle.
The project will test four pilot projects that aim to provide solutions to real-life mobility challenges, helping to foster a transformation in urban travel. The project will bring residents, business and researchers together to understand Helsinki’s mobility needs and to better address them.
The first pilot will launch a boat service based on the Uber model. The service will connect those who want boat rides to the Helsinki archipelago and seaside destinations with local residents willing to offer transportation on their own small boats. Like the Uber service, this will be operated through a smartphone application with supply and demand taken into consideration.
Secondly, the DriveNow car rental and sharing service will be introduced in the city – rental cars will be available for pick-up free of charge in Jätkäsaari, Helsinki’s seaside district, and available for drop off at parking areas in the Helsinki port for a EUR 2 fee. This will aim to improve access to the port and seaside district without requiring the use of a personal car.
The third pilot will introduce audio-guided electric bike tours. The audio guide will provide users with information along the route so that they are able to better focus on seeing the sights as well as the traffic around them.
The last pilot will test a new water bus service for locals and tourists to and from Jätkäsaari. Ultimately, all of these pilots aim to provide quick and comprehensive information on implementing new and innovative mobility solutions for the benefit of tourists, locals and the city itself.
Source article on https://forumvirium.fi 27/08/18
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