Invitation for Media: Welcome to the opening of the intelligent road Aurora on 7th November 2017

Invitation for Media: Welcome to the opening of the intelligent road Aurora on 7th November 2017

Julkaistu 19.10.2017

Winter is just around the corner, and it is time to introduce the intelligent road Aurora!

The Finnish Transport Agency is pleased to invite you to celebrate the completion of the intelligent road Aurora on Tuesday 7th November 2017 14:00–17:15. The ceremony will take place in Kiela-building, in the parish village of Muonio. The address is Kilpisjärventie 13, 99300 Muonio.

The Aurora project comprises a section of Main Road 21, stretching about ten kilometres northward from the Pahtonen rest area that has been fitted with intelligent instrumentation technology. The road section promotes wide-ranging development of both automated driving and transport, and future infrastructure, while especially utilising Arctic and Nordic conditions and know-how. The aims of the Aurora project are to promote automated road transport, to find new intelligent solutions for dealing with the road maintenance backlog and winter maintenance, and to increase the fluidity and safety of heavy-duty traffic.

At the ceremony, the celebratory speakers include: Terje-Moe Gustavsen, Director-General of the Norwegian Public Roads Administration; Steve Phillips, Secretary-General of the Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR); Mikko Kärnä, Member of the Finnish Parliament; Lasse Peltonen, Mayor of Muonio; Antti Vehviläinen, Director-General of the Finnish Transport Agency; and Reija Viinanen, Director of Aurora Collaboration.

Aurora Project Manager Alina Koskela digs into the questions of how the road has been instrumented, what data is produced by the road and instruments, and how we can use this data.


Please confirm your attendance by 3rd November 2017 via this link or Director of Aurora Collaboration Reija Viinanen (reija.viinanen@fta.fi)

The language of the ceremony is English.
More information about the Aurora: www.snowbox.fi


14:00 Coffee
14:30 Celebratory speeches
16:00 Presentation of the intelligent road Aurora
16:15 Official opening of the intelligent road section
16:30 Fireworks
16:45 End of ceremony
16:45–17:15 Press conference 

NB! Preliminary information for the Media:

In 16-17th January 2018 Finnish Transport Agency will host an international automated transport Summit in Olos, Muonio: Aurora Summit 2018: Safe and Secure Automated Transport in All Conditions. The Summit brings together the best-known experts in the field of automated transport and high-level participants and introduces technical demos of the latest innovations. More accurate information and invitations for the Media closer to the event.