Intelligent solutions make travel easier and more predictable for citizens whether they choose to commute in their own vehicle or by public transportation.
The aim of intelligent transport is to shift the focus of transport policy away from the construction and maintenance of the transport network towards the effective functioning of travel and transportation.
The second generation intelligent strategy supports the integration of intelligent transport into all forms of transport and into the Finnish transport policy. The strategy particularly emphasises the cooperation between public sector and business sector.
Finland published the world's first intelligent transport strategy in 2009. The currently published second generation intelligent strategy shares the same vision, objectives and principles.
The Government Programme underlines the importance of intelligent transport. The Programme has recognised that the Government will promote new intelligent transport services, financial steering, and innovations. The purpose is to support the development of transport efficiency.
The main objectives set out to be achieved by the year 2020 are:
- Increase the productivity of the infrastructure maintenance and transport system by 10% above the general trend;
- Save 50 lives in road transport every year;
- Reduce logistics costs to a level almost on par with main international competitors;
- Reduce traffic delays caused by congestion by 20%;
- Increase the market share of public transport, cyclists and pedestrians by20%.
The main themes of the second generation intelligent strategy are:
- improvement of the service level of transport information;
- radical improvement of the productivity and efficiency of the transport system;
- promotion of the new transport policy objectives and implementation by means of experiments;
- promotion of the information and communication technology and quick utilisation of new opportunities.