Smart news of January
Four discoveries for a clever life.
Pioneering smart road
Finnish Transport Agency has recently opened the Aurora Intelligent Road in Kolari, north-west Finland. The ten-kilometre smart road is designed to put new automated transport technologies through their paces, not only with standard testing procedures but with the added challenge of wintry driving conditions, making Aurora the first smart road of its kind in the world.
Science to the masses
The University of Helsinki has opened a science-based events space, aptly named Think Corner, that aims to make academic research more accessible to the public. Located in downtown Helsinki, visitors can participate in a wide range of events or just relax in one of the lounge areas. “We offer hot topics in inspiring surroundings for those who like to know what’s what,” says programme manager Antti Asumaa.
Urban design against climate change
As an effort to adapt to increased rainfall and fluctuation in temperatures, Copenhagen is set to witness an innovative climate adaptation venture that will transform the city’s Nørrebro district. The Soul of Nørrebro project, to be completed in 2022, has been designed to divert floodwater via a series of sunken basins and establish new ecosystems in the area.
Compiled by Mark Fletcher
Photos Jussi Helttunen, Sami Tuoriniemi, Beauty and The Bit, and Tespack