Helsinki's ambitious plan to make car ownership pointless in 10 years

The Guardian reports on Helsinki's new mobility action plan. It's good to see research on Mobility-on-Demand Systems finally getting traction in early pilots and cities taking serious strategic measures. Here's a bit of the text below. 

 

The Finnish capital has announced plans to transform its existing public transport network into a comprehensive, point-to-point "mobility on demand" system by 2025 – one that, in theory, would be so good nobody would have any reason to own a car.

Helsinki aims to transcend conventional public transport by allowing people to purchase mobility in real time, straight from their smartphones. The hope is to furnish riders with an array of options so cheap, flexible and well-coordinated that it becomes competitive with private car ownership not merely on cost, but on convenience and ease of use.

Urban mobility, rethought ... Helsinki, Finland. Photograph: Hemis/Alamy

Urban mobility, rethought ... Helsinki, Finland. Photograph: Hemis/Alamy