Sohjoa Baltic is a EU-funded project that aims to facilitate the transition to autonomous and eco-friendly public transport in the cities around the Baltic Sea. The project involves 13 partners across 8 countries. Chalmers will, among other things, contribute with knowledge of vehicle engineering, autonomous technical development, intelligent cooperative driving behavior and risk analysis.
The project works towards increasing the attractiveness of public transport service and introducing automated driverless electric minibusses, especially for the first and last mile of the journey. It proposes recommendations for eco-friendly and smart automated public transport and guidelines on the organizational set-up. The goal is to achieve profound changes where city residents choose public transport in front of their own car.
Chalmers contributes with its expertise in safety and operational requirements and will conduct research related to service quality, development of new technology for autonomous vehicles, driving behavior, weather impacts, disability adjustment and risk analysis. Responsible for Chalmers part of the project is Mauro Bellone
, researcher working with the Adaptive Systems group at the Department of Mechanics and Maritime Sciences.
Sohjoa Baltic is led by Metropolia University of Applied Sciences in Finland. The project is financed by the EU and has received about 4 million euros.