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Intelligent transport

  1. What is intelligent transport?
  2. Intelligent transport in the Government Programme
  3. Second generation intelligent strategy for transport
  4. The Smart Transport Corridor Helsinki - St. Petersburg Project

1. What is intelligent transport?

Intelligent transport system means the application of information and communications technology to improve traffic flow, enhance safety and make it more environmentally friendly. Intelligent solutions make travel easier and more predictable for citizens whether they choose to commute in their own vehicle or by public transportation.

The aim of intelligent transport is to shift the focus of transport policy away from the construction and maintenance of transport network towards the effective functioning of travel and transportation.

  • Intelligent transport constitutes sustainable development
  • Intelligent transport treats everyone equally
  • Easy and affordable services
  • Respect for privacy
  • Utilisation of familiar solutions
  • Interoperability of services
  • Strong network cooperation

2. Intelligent transport in the Government Programme

The Government Programme of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen underlines the importance of intelligent transport. The Programme has recognised that the Government will promote new intelligent transport services, financial steering, and innovations based on the National Strategy for Intelligent Transport.

The purpose is to support the development of transport efficiency. In addition, the Government will examine the introduction of GPS-based road user charges.

3. Second generation intelligent strategy for transport

The second generation intelligent strategy furthers the melding of intelligent transport as part of all other forms of transport and Finnish transport policy. The strategy particularly emphasises the cooperation between public sector and business sector.
 
Finland published the world's first intelligent transport strategy in 2009. Currently published second generation intelligent strategy shares the same vision, objectives and principles.
 
The main themes of the second generation intelligent strategy are:

  • improvement of the service level of transport information ,
  • radical improvement of the productivity and efficiency of the transport system,
  • promotion of the new transport policy objectives and implementation by means of experiments,
  • promotion of the information and communication technology and quick utilisation of new opportunities.

Information and communication technology is used as an essential tool in the reform of transport policy. The aim is to grow the service capacity of the transport system and the productivity of the infrastructure maintenance, enhance traffic safety, increase the use of public transport, cycling and walking, and to promote the objectives of climate and environmental policy.

Second generation intelligent strategy comprises nine priority projects, the economic impact of which has been estimated in Euro. The strategy also introduces how the distribution of duties and responsibilities among the administration, the business sector and other stakeholders as well as social interaction will be organised in the future.

The objectives set out to be achieved by the year 2020:

  • The productivity of the infrastructure maintenance and transport system will increase by ten per cent more than the increase in general development,
  • 50 lives will be saved in road transport every year,
  • Logistics costs will be reduced to a level almost on a par with those of our main international competitors,
  • Traffic delays caused by congestion will be reduced by 20 per cent ,
  • The market share of public transport, cyclists and pedestrians will increase 20 per cent


Vision for intelligent transport in 2020: The Finnish transport system will be one of the most advanced in the world:

  • Transport services will be better, smoother, more environmentally friendly and more safe,
  • Travellers will be provided with information on traffic conditions in real-time,
  • The infrastructure will be used more efficiently,
  • The transport policy will address the mobility problems instead of just building infrastructure,
  • Effective logistics will improve competitiveness.
  • Finland is a major player in the global markets for intelligent transport. The flow of traffic between Finland and Russia will be improved through the intelligent transport system project

4. The Smart Transport Corridor Helsinki - St. Petersburg Project

The Smart Transport Corridor Helsinki - St. Petersburg project promotes the creation of continuous and interoperable intelligent transport services between Finland and Russia. At the same time, it will increase the interoperability of services between the EU and Russia. An important goal is to increase the cooperation between Finnish and Russian private and public sector operators and facilitate the growth of business in the intelligent transport area.

The aim is to improve the commuter services, enhance the traffic safety and make the traffic flow smoother, especially at the border.

Five pilot services will be carried out in 2013-2014

  • weather and road condition service
  • traffic incident information service
  • traveller services in real-time
  • public transport information service in Allegro train
  • automatic emergency call eCall/ERA Glonass

In addition, the project will establish the procedures for opening the traffic data to service providers in both countries.

The project is steered by the Ministry of Transport and Communications and the implementation of the pilots is steered by the Transport Agency. Services are implemented by the service consortium founded by private companies.

The functional services will be demonstrated in Helsinki ITS Europe Congress 2014.