Finland’s capital city could have zero individually owned cars by 2025, according to the thesis of transport engineer Sonja Heikkilä, commissioned by the Helsinki City Planning Department. A city-wide shared ‘mobility as a service’, or MaaS, involving bikes, trains and ride-sharing, would render privately owned cars unnecessary.
Heikkilä’s proposal includes this description of a day in the transportation life of a Piritta, a future Helsinki resident: “Piritta boards a tram, alights from it a couple of stops later and hires a bicycle to travel to work. After work, she orders a car of demand responsive transport and travels to the sport hall, where her training equipment already waits for her. Finally after practice, she shares a ride in a shared car and travels home. Piritta uses all services through her personal mobility operator and the use of services is charged directly from her account.”