The development of the Smart City test area in Hervanta utilises the results of several projects focusing on the development of transport and mobility as well as open data and interfaces and includes cooperation with several different projects. This is a compilation of collaborative projects in which more information has been obtained and issues related to autonomous mobility have been promoted through various themes.


6Aika projects

6Aika is a joint sustainable urban development strategy of the six largest cities in Finland – Helsinki, Espoo, Vantaa, Tampere, Turku and Oulu. The 6Aika strategy is a broad package consisting of several projects. In the projects, the Six Cities solve development challenges in cooperation with each other and with companies, city residents and the research sector.

The 6Aika strategy is based on three large-scale spearhead projects that have already ended: Open Innovation Platforms, Open Data and Interfaces and Open Participation and Customership. The spearhead projects have promoted important elements of the Finnish smart city model: customer-oriented co-creation, the opening and utilisation of data and the development of services in a genuine urban environment. At the same time, the cities’ own capabilities grew in these respects.

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Hiedanranta MaaS

The Hiedanranta MAAS -project explored the possibility of call-controlled autonomous vehicles.

In 2017–2020, the City of Tampere implemented the Hiedanranta MaaS project. It was funded by the European Regional Development Fund and coordinated by the Council of Tampere Region. The project focused on trying out new kinds of mobility services in Hiedanranta and packaging them for different users.

The aim of the project was to facilitate mobility in Hiedanranta and to better connect the area with the surrounding services. The users were offered practical travel chains so that Hiedanranta’s current functions, such as the Lielahti Manor and cultural space Kuivaamo, would be more accessible by public transport. At the same time, companies in the area were offered efficient and sustainable solutions for the daily movement of people and goods.

Another aim of the project was to make permanent changes to people’s travel behaviour. The aim was to encourage people to choose, whenever possible, a sustainable means of transport rather than using their own car by offering users the opportunity to experiment with new types of mobility services. This way, Hiedanranta’s traffic would be sustainable from the start.


Read more about the Hiedanranta MaaS project on the City of Tampere website

International project

The development of the Tampere test area has also benefited from the lessons and results of several international projects. Testing, research and development of automated traffic are carried out around the world, and key operators in the test area have been visibly involved in the development through various networks and cooperation projects.

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Test areas for autonomous driving

Test areas for autonomous driving can be found around the world. A survey bringing together different test areas was carried out in the Smart City Test Area project. Read more about them below!


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