On 12 June, the Finnish capital did celebrate its birthday – and of course, mySMARTLife could not miss this joyful occasion. For this purpose, everyone interested in automated vehicles was invited to enjoy a ride into the future in Kalasatama district. There, a robot bus, operated by Helsinki RobobusLine, ran nonstop between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
At the end of the day, 152 people did join the ride. For most of them, it was the first time on a robot bus and their feedback was consistently positive. There was also time for animated discussions about the buses’ technology and its daily mobility.
If you want to take the robot bus (number 26R) yourself, you can find its schedule here. It departs from Englantilaisaukio Square and offers room for 8 passengers. All in all, the ride takes about 7 minutes. During the ride, a safety driver will be present to tell you more about the bus itself and assures that everything runs smoothly - like on Helsinki Day.
The Helsinki RobobusLine is coordinated by the Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and is funded by mySMARTLife and the City of Helsinki Innovation Fund. The robot bus runs on weekdays (weather permitting) until November 2019. The rides are open to all and free of charge.