The Government Programme of Prime Minister Jyrki Katainen emphasises the importance of intelligent transport. The Programme outlines that the Government will promote new intelligent transport services, financial steering, and innovations on the basis of Finland’s Strategy for Intelligent Transport.
The goal is that intelligent transport systems support the development of transport efficiency. The Government will also set out to examine the introduction of GPS-based road user charges and, at the beginning of the parliamentary term, it will make decisions on which new development projects will be the first to be launched.
The aim of the strategy for intelligent transport is to turn Finland into a significant provider and exporter of intelligent transport services and products. This also involves promoting the wide-spread use of innovations and safeguarding a high-standard infrastructure with extensive coverage for intelligent transport.
The objective is to link the opportunities offered by intelligent transport closely to transport policy objectives. An action plan has been completed for 2010–2015. On 15 April 2010, the Government adopted a resolution on promoting intelligent transport based on this strategy.
Information and communication technologies are a key tool in transport policy renewal. The aim is to improve the service capacity of the transport system and productivity of infrastructure maintenance, improve road safety, promote the use of public transport, cycling and walking and to advance the goals of climate and environmental policies.
Active internationalisation and participation in international activities of this sector will be promoted. Easy and inexpensive accessibility of information for intelligent transport services will also be safeguarded.
Finland’s Strategy for Intelligent Transport comprises eight key projects that have been evaluated, in euros, in terms of their financial impact. The strategy also suggests how work and responsibilities should be divided between administration, business life and other operators and how societal interaction should be arranged.
The FITSRUS project aims to improve cross-border traffic between Finland and Russia. The objective of the project is to promote the creation of cross-border services and to consequently improve the smoothness of transport. Another goal is to increase cooperation between Finnish and Russian actors in private and public sectors.
The purpose is to improve the safety, efficiency and environment friendliness of passenger travel and transports by utilising intelligent transport services.
The Ministry of Transport and Communications is the commissioner and supervisor of the project. Other Finnish parties involved in the project include VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Sito Oy, TIEKE Finnish Information Society Development Centre, Nokia Siemens Networks, Indagon Oy, Vaisala Corporation and Siemens Osakeyhtiö.