HSL, the Finnish capital region’s public transport agency, has selected the winners of an IdeaLab competition, launched in June, 2018, which invited innovators to submit their ideas for how HSL could renew its services and offer users new, dynamic ways to move about the city. The competition received 26 entries from which HSL selected the two winners, ViaVan Technologies and Samocat Sharing. ViaVan proposed a new on-demand shuttle service which the company suggested for trial in the City of Espoo to supplement public transit options in the city with a particular focus on commuters and local residents. The service, Espoo on Demand, is similar to services operated by ViaVan in Germany—such as the BerlKönig ride-sharing service launched in Berlin this September—and will use a mobile platform to facilitate orders. ViaVan’s concept shares much in common with a service previously piloted in the capital region, KutsuPlus, a similarly on-demand shuttle service operated, in 2012, by HSL itself.

The other solution selected for piloting is a scooter sharing system proposed by Samocat Sharing which will bring collapsible and electric scooter models to HSL’s service area. The service follows in the steps of HSL’s successful bicycle sharing service which the city established in 2016 and now serving some 15,000 users a day. Samocat’s scooter sharing service is planned to include 50 sharing stations with a focus on covering the city’s central area. These new services will be piloted in 2019.

Read more about ViaVan’s services and Samocat Sharing’s concept

See the press release from HSL (in Finnish)

See the press release on HSL’s bicycle sharing system (in Finnish) 

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