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Finland's 5G plans: 'We want to build world's smartest road'

ZDNet

Finnish businesses and local government have a bold plan. They want to build the smartest road in the world. It will use 5G technology and cover a 31km (19-mile) stretch of Route 51, between the towns of Siuntio and Karjaa in Inkoo municipality, 54km (34 miles) west of Helsinki on the south coast of Finland. The municipality will be working in partnership with Karis Telefon and TammisaarenEnergia, with Nokia providing the 5G technology in the form of smart light poles. Developed as part of its LuxTurrim5G project, each LED-light pole can be equipped with base stations and antennas that function together to create a 5G network.


MUJI debuts 'GACHA,' the first all-weather self-driving bus

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GACHA will begin operating for the general public in the city of espoo in april 2019, before rolling out to hämeenlinna, vantaa, and helsinki later in the year. MUJI and sensible 4 say that the inspiration for the design came from a toy capsule, a universal shape that'embodies joy and excitement, bringing peace and happiness to those who encounter it.' 'the GACHA development got started when sensible 4 team, working back then with the first generation of robot buses, noticed that they just don't perform at all even in light rain, not to mention the typical winter conditions in finland,' says harri santamala, CEO of sensible 4. 'completely autonomous self-driving technology is not here yet.


Designing a driving test for driverless cars

BBC News

Driverless vehicles may seem unfamiliar now, but over the coming years you'll start to encounter - or even use them - on a daily basis. Will it mean the end of the driving licence and changes to the rules of the road? It's not uncommon to see a squat white droid trundling along the streets of Greenwich, south-east London, as it delivers takeaway food to the borough's residents at 4mph. In Paris and Helsinki, robot buses are shuttling passengers along city streets, while in Colorado an 18-wheeler truck drove beer 120 miles down a highway - without a driver. Around the world, projects like these are under way to help develop the technology that will ultimately bring driverless cars and other vehicles to our roads.


Driverless bus hits the streets in Finland, could revolutionize public transportation - TechRepublic

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Residents of Helsinki, Finland will soon be used to the sight of buses with no drivers roaming the city streets. One of the world's first autonomous bus pilot programs has begun in the Hernesaari district, and will run through mid-September. Finnish law does not require vehicles on the road to have a driver, making it the perfect place to get permission to test the Easymile EZ-10 electric mini-buses. "This is actually a really big deal right now," Harri Santamala, project manager at Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and the test project lead, told a local news outlet. SEE: When will we get driverless cars?


Alphabet's Wing to take off in Finland

ZDNet

Alphabet-owned Wing is launching its first operations in Europe, bringing its autonomous drone delivery service to Finland in the spring of 2019. The service will start with a small trial in the Helsinki area, Wing announced Tuesday. "Finns are internationally renowned for being early-adopters of new technologies, and we're looking forward to working with the community and local businesses to find the best way to implement our services," the company says on its website. Wing's drones can fly about 20 km round trip, and they can carry packages that weigh up to 1.5 kg. Customers will be able to order a range of items for delivery using the Wing app.