The digitalisation that touches the whole society will also revolutionise the transport of people and goods and the related business models in many ways. The increase of intelligent traffic automation, automatisation, is part of this development and offers significant possibilities for improving the safety, effectiveness and sustainability of traffic and transportation.

Finland’s current road traffic legislation already permits automated vehicle trials in public roads using test plates. Help in practical matters concerning trials is available in the Trafi contact centre, set up for this purpose.

Automated vehicle trials

The Ministry of Transport and Communications has published a plan for promoting intelligent automation of transport.

The plan covers all transport modes: road, rail, air and maritime transport. The aim is to create an environment in Finland that is attractive for automation development and easy in terms of legislation. This would pave the way for business operations in automation.

The Ministry’s plan is also linked with the Government’s key project on growth environment for digital business operations. One measure of the project is promotion of robotics.

Intelligent automation means robotics where a device or a system is capable of more and more independent action, observation, learning and decision-making by means of programme-linked sensors, artificial intelligence and Internet of Things.

In transport automation promotion, experiments play a key role. They provide necessary information about the feasibility of the solutions.