The month-long CityMobil2 demonstration in Vantaa (Finland), started on Friday 10th July 2015. The EasyMile EZ-10 vehicles are transporting the public from Kivistö Railway Station to the exhibition area where takes place the the Housing Fair 2015 (the largest summer event arranged annually in Finland). Visitors will have the opportunity to test one of the CityMobil2 shuttles for free, to reach the exhibition center, during the whole duration of the fair. The CityMobil2 demonstration which will come to an end on Sunday 9th August shows the impact of automated mobility for the last mile (or first-mile) transportation needs. Vantaa experiences how CityMobil2 shuttles can provide a transport solution on 1 km, to extend visitor’s journey from a major transport axis (train line) to an active place of business and leisure.
On the longer term, the City of Vantaa wants to study the possibility to use automated vehicles as a part of public transport. This solution makes sense for the municipality of Vantaa, as it will have to provide new solutions to connect new train stations of the two newly-built resident and business areas with the wider areas. Automated transport system could also be used for general internal traffic purposes. This ambition is a part of the City of Vantaa’s general aim of becoming a sustainable city where mobility plays a vital role.
The City of Vantaa is located in the Helsinki metropolitan area. It is home to Helsinki-Vantaa Airport, international business activities and more than 200 000 inhabitants. Its excellent logistical location in the Helsinki region makes it ripe for development and growth. Transport is at the core of the sustainable development strategy of the City of Vantaa. The largest on-going project to improve mobility in the Helsinki region is the Ring Rail Line project. This 18-km line, due to be completed in 2015, will provide an important public transport link between the main line and the local urban line and will connect the Helsinki-Vantaa Airport to the rail network. Kivistö is the largest new residential area and Aviapolis is the largest area for business activities providing houses for over 25 000 new inhabitants and facilities for over 20 000 new working places. Both areas will have a new station by the new Ring Rail Line. In this context, a public automated feeder service is envisaged to connect these new stations with the wider areas and for general internal traffic purposes.