F1 driver Valtteri Bottas to participate in iMobility Challenge

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By Thinking Highways June 3, 2014 14:10

F1 driver Valtteri Bottas to participate in iMobility Challenge

Helsinki Fair Centre, venue for the 10th ITS European Congress (image Wikipedia)

On 16 June the iMobility Challenge will present intelligent vehicle systems to policy-makers, journalists, ITS professionals and the general public in Helsinki. This event is organised by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) and the Automobile and Touring Club of Finland (Autoliitto).

Test drives and interactive displays of new vehicle technologies will be made available to all visitors from 12:00 to 19:00. The official opening ceremony of the event will take place at 14:15 with opening speeches by:

  • Henna Virkkunen, Finnish Minister of Transport
  • Zoran Stan?i?, Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s DG Connect
  • Martti Merilinna, Autoliitto President
  • Jean Todt, FIA President
  • Valtteri Bottas, Finnish Formula 1 driver

Intelligent vehicle systems contribute to safer, greener and more efficient mobility. New vehicle technologies are continuously emerging, but they are not always evident to end users. Public awareness and acceptance is essential for a smooth integration of these technologies.

A major highlight of the event will be the participation of Williams Mercedes F1 Driver, Valtteri Bottas. After the opening ceremony Valtteri will take a short driving tour of Helsinki city, his driving style will be monitored to determine his ‘ecodriving’ score. Every visitor will then have a chance to take a drive and compare how their driving abilities compare to those of a professional F1 driver.

Other test-ride and demos that the public will be able to try for themselves include:

Autonomous Braking
Volvo will demonstrate its City Safety system, whereby cars brake autonomously to a halt in the absence of the drivers’ reaction when sensors detect an obstacle (pedestrian).

Parking Assistance
Both Citroën and Ford will demonstrate parking assistance systems that detect suitable space for a car and guides the vehicle in space without the driver touching the steering wheel. The driver must simply accelerate and brake when prompted.

Electric Cars
Everybody is talking about electric cars and many people in Finland have driven an electric car. The public will have a chance to test drive the Nissan Leaf and Ford Focus Electric cars.

Vehicle Data
Helpten and Driveco are going to demonstrate intelligent ways to make people drive smarter. Their applications collect vehicle data and provide feedback to the users on their driving style.

The iMobility Challenge event on 16 June is open to all visitors, there is no need to register. The event will take place at the car park of Helsinki’s Expo and Convention Centre ‘Messukeskus’ on the opening day of the European ITS Congress. For the agenda and full list of participating companies, visit: www.imobilitychallenge.eu/roadshow.

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways June 3, 2014 14:10