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Ride-share city: Helsinki to pilot an end to car ownership

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The government of Finland’s capital city, Helsinki, will pilot an ambitious project to end the need for car ownership through a combination of taxis, ride-sharing apps, carpooling, and traditional public transit.

The plan may involve some type of software platform that allows citizens to choose from a wide variety of transit options, according to the Helsinki Times. The city plans to launch the pilot program at the “turn of the year” and wants “mobility on demand” city-wide by 2025.

“This could work, even though older people do not wish to give up their cars. Change comes gradually,” said Sonja Heikkilä, whose Master’s Thesis was commissioned by the city to figure out the logistics of their bold transportation plan. “A car is no longer a status symbol for young people.”

Another possible layer to the city’s plan is a simplified payment system, such as pay-by-kilometer or a subscription package that includes a bundle of transportation options.

Last month at the Atlantic Aspen Ideas Festival, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky predicted that mass private transit would eventually overtake traditional car ownership. It seems that Finland was a step ahead of him.

 


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20 comments
Amy Nelson
Amy Nelson

Unwelcome news for Tesla. What if you actually wanted to leave the city?

Eileen Galen
Eileen Galen

Great news, even if I misread it as "cat ownership."

Chris Grey
Chris Grey

If this happens, we lose about 5 million high paying manufacturing jobs in America. And at least three entire states will be wiped out like coal country. So don't celebrate yet.

Junaid Aslam
Junaid Aslam

 umm one question! if every one gives up his/her car, whom to share the ride with?

Savoy Warren
Savoy Warren

Agreed. In many cities, why bother. Insurance, parking fees, extra fees, gas, mechanics, angst, stress, get a good bike, or taxi, or rude share apps.

Scott Gordon
Scott Gordon

Art- Troll article more than deserved troll response. Rico is actually spot on.

Art Vuilleumier
Art Vuilleumier

Rico ... I think you missed something - try responding to this article ...

Harri Nyman
Harri Nyman

Yeah, but it's been never used to tax people, like that %#% in-car system is supposed to be used for.

Rico Masters
Rico Masters

There are ways to make the transactions encrypted - homomoprhic encryption. However, your cell phone provider already has this (and more) on you.

Rico Masters
Rico Masters

The precise vision and mission of Texxi a UK initiative from 2005 www.slideshare.net/Texxi/transport-a-new-beginning

Harri Nyman
Harri Nyman

First in-car GPS tracking for tax purposees suggested and now this... this country is definately going down the drain and fast :-

Art Vuilleumier
Art Vuilleumier

THIS might be OK for a city, but for a whole country - it's a Loss of Freedom ... (If Finland wants to pursue this it's OK).