NordicWay is, for its part, preparation for new kinds of traffic services and for road traffic automation. At the same time, the Finnish mobile network’s suitability for this kind of use is tested.
In June 2015, a three-year Coop pilot project between the Finnish Transport Agency, Trafi and Nokia HERE was launched as part of the NordicWay. During the project, cars will utilise the mobile network to share specific and low latency traffic safety information regarding e.g. obstacles on the road, weather conditions, slippery surfaces and accidents. Voluntary drivers will download a mobile application in their smartphones to connect and share information with other vehicles on the road.
The first phase is expected to provide information about the functionality of the service through feedback from the users. Additionally the functionality of the system, its capability for wider use, its commercial potential and ecosystem model will be evaluated. The authorities are able to expand their knowledge about channels for critical information delivery as well as its implications on traffic behaviour and traffic management.
EU directives governing the quality requirements of road traffic safety information and intelligent services will tighten in the coming years. Also the users’ expectations and needs for functional traffic services have increased. Finland’s strong know-how in mobile technology, dispersed population and slow renewal of the vehicle base provide a good platform for the search of new solutions.
In addition to Finland, traffic authorities from Sweden, Norway and Denmark participate in the piloting of a compatible intelligent corridor.
The first pilot phase focuses on ensuring the technical maturity of the system. The second phase begins in the spring of 2016 on E18, the main road between Helsinki and Turku (it also includes Ring I and Ring III roads). The project ends by the end of 2017, when the full results can be reported.
Mr Ilkka Kotilainen, Project Manager, Finnish Transport Agency, tel. +358 50 311 8016 email@example.com
Ms Anna Schirokoff, Chief Adviser, Trafi, firstname.lastname@example.org, tel. +358 40 751 5343