In August 2020, Tallinn Transport Department in cooperation with Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and TalTech is organizing a two-day event The Future of Autonomous Transport in the Baltic Sea Region in Tallinn, consisting of a public exhibition in Kadriorg Park on August 26 and a high-level conference at Proto Invention Factory on August 27.
Cities and regions of the Baltic Sea region have for the last
three years gained knowledge and competence on organizing
environmentally friendly and smart automated public transport
under the project Sohjoa Baltic:
- altogether five driverless electric minibus pilots deployed
- the legal and technological frameworks studied
- user experience surveys conducted to passengers
Project aimed to support the public transport chains’ last mile
connectivity and cities development towards more carbon neutral
Pilot in Tallinn this summer
Tallinners have already had the opportunity to get acquainted
with self-driving buses several times. During the Estonian
presidency of the Council of the European Union, a self-driving
bus for participants ran between Kultuurikatel and Mere
puiestee. In the summer of 2019, the pilot of the Sohjoa Baltic
project started in Kadriorg Park, where Navya’s self-driving
bus traveled along Weizenberg Street to KUMU. From mid-June
2020, the bus operates again in Kadriorg Park.
Conference for cities and industry focuses on the future
When will the autonomous vehicles become common goods in
public transport? Who they will serve and create value to?
We all play a role in shaping up the future. Join our event
to discuss and learn.
The conference “The Future of Autonomous Transport in the
Baltic Sea Region” on 27 August will bring together policy
makers and cities, as well as representatives of the automotive
industry in Europe, to discuss new technologies. The conference
will focus on the further development needs in the Baltic Sea
Region in terms of self-driving vehicles.
Based on the lessons learned from automated bus pilots in
Gdansk, Helsinki, Kongsberg, Tallinn, Vejle and Zemgale region,
the discussion focuses on
- what is the role of autonomous public transport in the
- how the new technologies benefit cities
- how policymaking supports the development
- what is the role of mobility industry in the smart mobility
Please find more details on the conference
agenda. Register to conference by 24th July!
Registration link for
live or online participation (opens to
Public open air exhibition brings vehicles to the park
On 26 August, the open air exhibition in the lower garden of
the Kadriorg Art Museum is organised for the public interested
to get acquainted with innovative means of transport and
exciting existing technological solutions that help improve
mobility in a complex urban environment. Navya, Bolt, Iseauto,
Volkswagen, Audi and several other companies operating at the
forefront of future transport will participate in the
exhibition. The band Traffic performs during the day and some
extra excitement is offered by a science theater.
The events are admission free.
These events are organized by the Sohjoa Baltic project
consortium and funded by the European Regional Development
Fund’s Baltic Sea Region Program. Sohjoa Baltic is researching,
introducing and piloting self-driving electric minibuses as
part of public transport, especially in the so-called first or
last mile connection.
Source: Tallinn City Transport Department, Jaagup