The “Future Mobility Ecosystem” project, led by the FinEst Centre in Estonia, aimed to revolutionize urban transportation. Running from January 2020 to May 2023 with a budget of 1.2 million euros, it sought to integrate self-driving shuttles and micro-mobility solutions into the existing public transport system. A key achievement was an open information exchange platform, connecting different transport modes. The project also introduced on-demand self-driving buses, made affordable through the re-manufacturing of end-of-life electric vehicles, and developed an open-source software solution and a comprehensive big data database. This initiative, tested in real urban settings, involved collaborations with the City of Tallinn, Rae Parish, and various other partners.
Thematic Area – Digitalisation, Climate change
Thematic Sub-category –
- Sustainable Mobility
- Smart city solutions and tools
Type of Actor/Agent – Local council, Taltech,
FinEst Smart city centre of excellence, others.
Typology of Green Urban Site – Urban areas
Green City Elements:
- Public Transport
- Electric and Alternative Mobility
- Multimodal Mobility
- Circular Design
- Smart Governance
- Smart mobility
- Artificial Intelligence
Engagement and Consultation:
Target Groups – Academia and researchers,
Citizens, Local Councils and city staff
Public Engagement – n/a
Consultation Tools Used – n/a
Resources and Transferability:
Teaching Materials/Resources: Video, Toolkit
Personal Skills Required: High
Non-discriminatory Principles: n/a
Transferability Potential: Medium
Innovation and Impact:
The “Future Mobility Ecosystem” project represents a significant innovation in urban transport, blending self-driving shuttles and micro-mobility solutions with traditional public transport systems. Its innovative open information exchange platform and the integration of various transport modes mark a substantial leap in smart city development. The project’s impact extends to enhancing urban mobility, reducing traffic congestion, and potentially lowering carbon emissions. The use of remanufactured electric vehicles for self-driving buses showcases a sustainable approach to resource use. This comprehensive initiative, tested in real urban environments, not only improves transport efficiency and accessibility but also paves the way for the future of sustainable urban transportation systems.
Expected Impact High
Level of Scale of Innovation 5
Budget and Analysis:
Budget Spent, Source of Money: 1.2 million Euro, EU fonds and Taltech
Benefits: enhanced urban mobility through the integration of self-driving shuttles with public transport, reduced traffic congestion, and potential environmental gains from lower emissions.
Challenges: seamless integration of varied transport modes, guaranteeing the safety and reliability of self-driving vehicles, gaining public trust in new technologies, and maintaining economic viability post-pilot.