SENSIBLE 4 LAUNCHES A FLEET OF SELF-DRIVING VEHICLES IN BUSY AREA OF HELSINKI
HELSINKI, Finland (April 14, 2020). A fleet of three self-driving vehicles, an on-demand mobile app and a Remote Control Centre (RCC) for autonomous vehicles begins operating in an upcoming first-of-a-kind pilot that will start in Helsinki on Tuesday, April 14 2020.
One of the aims of the project is to gain experience from the complex traffic and real-world situations the pilot area offers and to test the whole self-driving value chain for the first time. A successful pilot will take the company one step closer to bringing autonomous driving technology to the mainstream. The three different driverless vehicles, all equipped with Sensible 4’s autonomous driving software and technology, will be operating on the busy streets of Pasila in Helsinki.
The new business district of Pasila, close to the centre of Helsinki offers a complex testing environment for self-driving vehicles. The heavily trafficked district provides unique opportunities to test self-driving in an area with lots of complex traffic situations such as pedestrians, bicycles, trams and one of the city’s main train stations. Usually, self-driving pilots are held in restricted safe-zone – areas that offer few issues for the vehicles as possible.
“Self-driving fleet operations on public roads in urban areas are really demanding for any autonomous technology. We will learn a lot during these 50 days of the Helsinki-pilot, and this, of course, is for the benefit of our customers“, says Jari Saarinen, Chief Technology Officer, Sensible 4.