October 10, 2016
The Finnish government is removing regulatory boundaries and works closely together with companies to support new mobility innovations and services.
The ways we operate, finance and regulate the transport system are changing fast. To promote the shift towards a digitalized and servitized mobility ecosystem, the Finnish government and Finnish companies are currently taking large scale actions.
These actions aim at enabling high-quality, cost-effective mobility services which respond to changing consumer needs. Furthermore, they will enhance the implementation of technology and digital solutions as well as commercialising the Mobility as a Service concept, among others.
As one of the government’s key measures, transport market regulations will be brought together in a unified act, the Finnish Transport Code. Its key aim is to create preconditions for the customer-oriented provision of transport services and digitalisation in transport, as well as preconditions for new business models and entrepreneurship. The Finnish Transport Code will significantly enhance the implementation of new technology, digitalisation and new business concepts, and will make seamless and mobile travel chains possible. Future transport will rely on the interoperability of data and open interfaces. The Finnish Transport Code proposes that essential data from all transport services be made open. It also lays down provisions for the interoperability of ticket and payment systems. The Finnish Government submitted the legislative proposal for the Finnish Transport Code to the Finnish Parliament on 22 September 2016. It would enter into force on 1 July 2018.
“The entire regulatory environment will soon change dramatically, which will give Finland a leading role in terms of the digitalisation of mobility services”, says Marko Forsblom, CEO, ITS Finland.
Innovative startups drive the industry
Top Finnish companies – MaaS Global, Shareit, SITO and Vionice – which provide ITS and MaaS services, together with key public organizations, will be present at the Nordic Corner at the ITS World Congress, held in Melbourne.
“The public sector can do a great deal to develop the mobility ecosystem. But innovative companies are the key driver for the technology and servitization of future mobility. The key to success is that both sectors work seamlessly together towards a joint goal”, Forsblom says.
“The innovative mobility companies also represent an opportunity for knowledge-sharing on a global scale. The leading solutions and best practices originating from Finland can help other countries and municipalities to make a head start in digitalizing their transportation services,” comments Mikko Koskue, Senior Advisor at Finpro, the Finnish international trade organization.
“Now we have a genuine opportunity to improve transport services and also to create new business and jobs. All stakeholders have equal possibilities to enter the market and to develop their operations. The progress made by the Finnish Transport Code is good news not only for the transport sector but also for the whole society,” says Minister Berner.
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