Autonomous shuttle fleets as part of public transportation: experiences from the FABULOS project

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Renske Martinjse-Hartikka, Project Coordinator FABULOS, Forum Virium Helsinki

Renske Martijnse-Hartikka (MSc in International Relations) is a senior project manager with over seventeen years of experience in both the private and public sector. For the past twelve years she has worked on sustainable urban mobility, under the umbrella of many different EU-funded projects. Renske works in the stellar Smart Mobility team of Forum Virium Helsinki: an innovation company owned by the city, which builds the Finnish capital into the most functional smart city in the world in collaboration with companies, the scientific community and residents. Its success is demonstrated among others by the recent publication of the yearly Smart City Index: Helsinki now ranks second of 109 cities, up from place 8 last year. Renske’s work currently focuses on autonomous transportation. She is the project coordinator of FABULOS, one of the flagship EU-funded smart mobility projects on self-driving shuttle buses. She manages this 3-year Pre-Commercial Procurement in which six cities and a dozen companies work together to integrate fleets of autonomous buses in regular public transport. The FABULOS project funds companies’ R&D to develop innovative all-inclusive solutions, which cities can then use in a more systematic way.

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