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Helsinki, Finland is no stranger to transportation alternatives. From EV testing to a solid public transportation system, the northern European city knows that private cars are not the only option to get around. In the future, though, private cars might not be a logical option at anyone living there.

Navigant calls it "the final piece of the puzzle that makes this scheme truly transformative."

According to Navigant Research, Helsinki is working on an integrated system that would let users have one account that pays for carsharing, bikesharing, public transport and more. Navigant says that combining all of the various transportation modes into one payment network is "the final piece of the puzzle that makes this scheme truly transformative." It's certainly bigger and broader than anything we've heard of before to encourage people to give up their private vehicles.

In an urban environment, having simplified access to whatever method of conveyance you need at any given moment is idea. Want to bike the half-mile to the bakery? Get your ride on. Got to go to the hardware store for a load of fertilizer and a shovel? Check out a carsharing vehicle. Want to take the family to the zoo? Streetcar it is. Minimizing the hassle to access all of these options is going to make the day-to-day realities of private car insurance, refueling and repairs seem a lot less appealing. Or, as Navigant puts it: "The concept is the transportation version of other businesses that are moving from selling a product to selling the service or utility the consumer wants from that product. Planned obsolescence no longer makes good business sense, and consumers can benefit from constant improvements in technology." Rear the whole thing here.


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      DawgByte
      • 5 Months Ago
      Such a step would be most welcomed by U.S. liberals, who want to outlaw gas powered automobiles. In their desire to control every aspect of our lives, liberals are also hell bent on banning the consumption of red meat (they laughingly believe such methane secretions are causing climate change) dictating what light bulbs to use, how large our soda cups should be... and the list goes on and on.
        Teleny411
        • 5 Months Ago
        @DawgByte
        Dude-you gotta rethink your politics-too much generalization. I'm a liberal & love cars particularly NA v8s/6s. I'm a vegetarian (because meat grosses me out), but my husband is a carnivore-I just bought him a pulled pork subway. I don't care about soda cup size & only favor gun control for the insane. So please stop believing tea Baggers lies. Btw: I support legalization of weed, do I don't have to use opiates for my back-but many (not all) conservatives are over regulating this drug.
          space
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Teleny411
          Hey! Not all us "tea baggers" are crazy. What ever happened to mutual respect? It's a neat idea but I just don't like giving up my means of mobility. I mean what if somebody wants to shut the whole thing down. I realize we aren't talking about them outlawing cars or something, I just don't trust people and I'd like to have my own transportation. Nothing wrong with wanting to be set apart from the herd. It's all just personal choice. Choice should always be first.
          Chris Barbieri
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Teleny411
          What is a "Teabagger", and why do they have so many people on the left so riled up? I tend to be more conservative myself, and yet I have never been to a Tea Party Rally, and neither have any of my conservative friends or family members. The worst I've ever heard about them is that someone supposedly heard someone in the crowd use a racial slur, whoop -de-doo!! One doesn't have to hang around "Tea Baggers" to encounter that. I've yet to hear of them causing any civil unrest, such as riots and looting, or even unlawful acts of trying to incite such. No, when I think of the Tea Party, I think of a bunch of people, who have their opinions, coming together, and using their First Amendment rights to promote their views and stance. I don't mean to get too off topic, but I'm just wondering who these so-called "Tea Baggers" are, what makes one such, why they manage to be a part of so many of these conversations, and why they have so many people's panties in a twist. Is it because you don't happen to agree with their political views, or because you somehow view them as some sort of threat to your safety and well being. I'm genuinely curious.
        GoodCheer
        • 5 Months Ago
        @DawgByte
        "welcomed by U.S. liberals, who want" Any time you say 'liberals want', or 'conservatives want', or 'whites want', or 'Mexicans want' you are wrong. A single counterexample makes your statement factually incorrect. Try saying instead 'the official position of Senate Democrats is' or 'the mayor of my town wants' or ' the NAACP is defending'. Those are statements that have a chance of not being false. Of course it might require a little bit of research and a bit of an informed opinion... which is work, I know.
        Jobu
        • 1 Month Ago
        @DawgByte
        DawgByte, you are dead correct. What the morons here will never figure out is that their fantasy of Utopia only ever works in isolated places where homogeneous populations of a primary culture participate without corrupt politicians constantly dividing the populations in the name of power and money. Sorry, the leaders in this country suck, and we also are kind of burdened with protecting all of these wonderful little enclaves you so often dream about. You folks should seriously consider moving there- oh I forgot, you're not invited, as they actually set immigration policy. As for you Teleny411, anyone who refers to people who supports individual rights as a "tea bagger" and also claims affinity for Detroit V-8s is full of crap. I believe meat grosses you out, but only because your 'husband' removed his as soon as the ACA paid for the surgery out of our tax dollars. As for the rest of you liberals out there who constantly troll with your politics on what used to be a terrific automotive blog (I'm 90% Jalop these days), please take note that every down vote makes my erection that much bigger. Hell yeah!!!!!!
          Leather Bear
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Jobu
          "please take note that every down vote makes my erection that much bigger." Is that just a Chapstick in your pocket, or are you happy to see me?
          GoodCheer
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Jobu
          "please take note that every down vote makes my erection that much bigger." Virtual masochist? 'Oh yes, punish me! I've been a naughty NAUGHtY boy!'
        Human
        • 5 Months Ago
        @DawgByte
        Sorry. I seem to have accidentally up voted your comment. My apologies. Before you use that big generalizing paintbrush on your fellow countrymen, id encourage you to go talk to some of the "Liberals" at your local autocross course or racetrack this weekend. You may find your opinions are a bit...unrelated to reality.
        Daniel D
        • 5 Months Ago
        @DawgByte
        Liberals also force republicans supporters to go on wild tangents many steps removed from the actual article apparently.
        Dmitriy Markelov
        • 1 Month Ago
        @DawgByte
        You know you have a mental health problem when the first word you think of every morning is liberal. Hardcore conservatives and liberals are equally blind.
        Terry Actill
        • 5 Months Ago
        @DawgByte
        I am very liberal and I love cars. I could give a toss about your farts (just don't do them near me) and yes Americans drink too much soda which is crap for your body. The new light bulbs work pretty well. If conservatives spent as much time cleaning up their own house as criticizing others we'd have a fairly nice country to live in. At the moment it sucks.
      Wes Kenney
      • 5 Months Ago
      Edit much?
      thecommentator2013
      • 5 Months Ago
      Private solution? Yeah sure. Government solution? NO THANK YOU.
        Spec
        • 1 Month Ago
        @thecommentator2013
        This weird hatred of anything government is completely irrational. Some things work well in government and some things work well in private biz. Some work in both. Nuclear weapons, WW2, the space program, the internet . . . pretty good things from the government.
      Jasonn
      • 5 Months Ago
      Sounds like Communism for cars... It looks great on paper but in reality no one is going to take care of these cars and they will break or they will be filthy or someone will try to carry 2000 lbs in the trunk of a Nissan Versa because it is cheaper to use than a Truck. Horrible idea in my opinion.
        ferps
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Jasonn
        Have you ever been to Scandinavia? People take care of things there; there is a sense of shared responsibility.
          DaveMart
          • 1 Month Ago
          @ferps
          Yep. Socialism never works. Helsinki is a hell hole compared to the paradise which is Detroit! Or 'Motor City' as it was sometimes called.
          Aussie Aspie
          • 1 Month Ago
          @ferps
          Finland is not part of Scandinavia, as any Finn will tell you. Scandinavia refers to Norway, Denmark and Sweden only, and to the cultural and linguistic similarities of Germanic peoples who speak North Germanic languages - considered to be a dialect continuum derived from Old Norse. Finnish is a Baltic language, from the same group as Estonian, and not a Germanic one. That said, I agree with your sentiments.
          thecommentator2013
          • 1 Month Ago
          @ferps
          Responsability can't be shared. A lesson one should urgently learn.
        lasertekk
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Jasonn
        They're paying a subscription for access to transportation...all kinds. What's communist about that?
        GoodCheer
        • 1 Month Ago
        @Jasonn
        Did you read the article? If car share is communist, then presumably other car rentals are even more communist, since they're open to everyone, not just subscribers.
      Chris Barbieri
      • 5 Months Ago
      I agree. I don't want to share transportation with everyone else either because, let's face it, people are generally kind of gross. For instance, I don't want to touch a surface in a trolly, subway, rental car, etc. where someone right before me touched right after sneezing all over his hands, popping a zit, scratching an itch/picking a stubborn buggar out of one of his nostrils, picking at his eye, licking his fingers, planting his hand on a dirty sidewalk to prop himself off the ground, going "number two" and forgetting to wash his hands, etc. etc. Some may scoff at what I said, and tell me I'm paranoid, but I tend to be somewhat of a people watcher who's noticed a lot of things from people that I often wished I hadn't. I've seen all of the above even while working in food service, despite the presence of managers, district managers, and health inspectors, so that should tell you something right there. Oh, and in the summer time, being around large crowds of people can get kind of stinky, and it becomes that much easier to notice those who, whatever reason, don't believe in deodorant. I learned that lesson the hard way when spending some time in DC back in August of 2008, and riding the subway everywhere.
      space
      • 5 Months Ago
      Individualism is greater than collectivism
      Edsel
      • 5 Months Ago
      For dense urban cities this might work well. Urban populations are already familiar with mass-transit buses, subways, trolleys, taxis, rentals and walking. Consolidating these payment systems to a one-pass system sounds terrific.
      space
      • 5 Months Ago
      He's generalizing but then so are people who are arguing against him. "Conservatives" this and that.
      Feurig
      • 5 Months Ago
      I'd be a little afraid that since the available vehicles will be first-come-first-serve, there will be no incentive not to pick up a car for everything you want to do. Why would I take my family to the zoo on the streetcar when I can just rent a car? How would I feel paying the same as someone else but being relegated to using the streetcar for everything?
      Peter Middleton
      • 5 Months Ago
      Sounds nice
      mbukukanyau
      • 5 Months Ago
      Since when were we all in it together? This is beginning to sound like a good old fashioned city state.. with the people as the oppressors.
        Peter Middleton
        • 1 Month Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Do you understand the words you're saying?
          Space
          • 1 Month Ago
          @Peter Middleton
          Yea, I'm saying leave me alone. I don't want to share a bike with you.
        space
        • 1 Month Ago
        @mbukukanyau
        Im dead serious when I say this, I don't want us to all be in it together. A human being should have that right and everyone should respet one another for their choice. I mean I'll help you jump off your car and stuff, I'm not a douche, I even like people. I just want it to be my choice. I think I've taken this too far. Not really on topic anymore. I like my car.
      KeiCarLvr
      • 5 Months Ago
      Great idea! Judging from the inane comments here on AB, I'd say it has a snowball's chance of making it here, but one can dream...
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