Bringing autonomous transportation into cities

Kongsberg is among 13 partners across 8 countries that are part of a new EU-project called Sohjoa Baltic. The project aim is to bring autonomous transportation into cities around the Baltic Sea.

Public transport is not as flexible and accessible as private cars in the Baltic Sea region. The Sohjoa Baltic project works towards increasing the attractiveness of public transport by improving offered services and introducing autonomous driverless electric minibuses, especially for the first and last mile of the journey. It proposes recommendations for environmentally friendly and smart automated public transport and guidelines on the organisational set-up. The project will run from 2017 to 2020 and is financed by the EU with about 4 million euros.

Kongsberg’s role

Kongsberg represents Norway in the consortium of partners in the Sohjoa Baltic project. As one of 13 partners, Kongsberg is responsible for leading the driverless minibus study on long city demonstrations. Based on the demonstrations, Kongsberg will contribute with knowledge on vehicle operation in difficult environments, support systems for operators and users, information and ticketing systems, city planning, infrastructure optimization and the travel behavior and interaction of automated vehicles.

Kongsberg will start trials with an autonomous minibus in september 2018. The autonomous bus will be tested in a real-life environment among Kongsberg’s public traffic and pedestrians.

Sohjoa Baltic 13 partners across 8 countries

  • Metropolia University of Applied Sciences (FI), lead partner
  • The Municipality of Kongsberg (NO)
  • Forum Virium Helsinki (FI)
  • Finnish Transport Safety Agency (FI)
  • Helsinki Region Transport Authority HSL (FI)
  • FLOU Solutions Ltd (FI)
  • Tallinn University of Technology (EE)
  • Tallinn Transport Department (EE)
  • Chalmers University of Technology (SE)
  • Zemgale Planning Region (LV)
  • Institute fro Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility (DE)
  • The City of Gdansk (PL)
  • The Municipality of Vejle (DK)