Sohjoa Last Mile Explores the Future of Autonomous Transport

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From October 2020 to March 2022, SLM implements three automated, electric shuttle remote operating pilots in Kongsberg, Tallinn and Gdansk. The aim is to study the true driverless driving. The pilots take place both in closed and open areas and they provide information for the future remote fleet operating.

Sohjoa Last Mile project is coordinated by Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, with consortium of seven project partners and supported by Interreg Baltic Sea Region funding with total project budget of 898 203,00 €.

Project partners are

  • Finland: Metropolia University of Applied Sciences & Forum Virium Helsinki
  • Estonia: City of Tallinn & Tallinn University of Technology
  • Latvia: Zemgale Planning Region
  • Norway: Kongsberg Municipality
  • Poland: City of Gdansk

Events 2021

Output reports

Will be listed here in late 2021.

Sohjoa Baltic publications

The Roadmap to Automated Electric Shuttles in Public Transport publication series provides collectively written key lessons learned during the project Sohjoa Baltic (2017-2020). Find each of the five volume in this series below:

  1. The Legal Framework (PDF), publisher: IKEM.de 
    • What is the current legal status of automated driving in different European countries of the Baltic Sea Region? Sohjoa Baltic presents the relevant legal information for implementation and provides policy recommendations for the future.
  2. Technology and safety requirements, publisher: Metropolia University of Applied Sciences 
    • What are the current relevant technological and safety challenges to be taken into consideration in the implementation of automated shuttle buses?
    • Sohjoa Baltic provides information from Germany, Denmark, Poland, Norway, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, and Latvia.
  3. Starting Your Own Pilot (PDF), publisher Metropolia UAS 
    • How to deploy an automated vehicle pilot in a city?
    • Sohjoa Baltic provides a practical toolkit with recommendations based on the practical experiences from automated shuttle bus pilots in Norway, Poland, Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Denmark.
  4. Procurement Challenges, publisher: Metropolia UAS 
    • What are the barriers and enablers of autonomous vehicle procurement in public transportation?
    • The experiences of Sohjoa Baltic’s automated shuttle bus pilots in Estonia, Denmark, Finland, Latvia, Norway and Poland describe the complexity.
  5. Sohjoa Baltic User experience and impact on public transport, publisher: Metropolia UAS
    • How and why should cities prepare to implement automated public transport?
    • What is the role of automated shuttle buses?
    • Sohjoa Baltic provides views based on experiences from pilots in Norway, Poland, Finland and Estonia.