Telecommunications company Ericsson has partnered with local Swedish public transportation and technology providers to conduct a six-month trial of two electric self-driving shuttle buses on public Stockholm roads. The goal is to test how the autonomous vehicles perform under real-word conditions for an extended period alongside cars, cyclists and pedestrians.
The fully-electric buses can carry 11 passengers (free of charge) at speeds of up to 24 km/h (15 mph) in non-ideal weather conditions. Their autonomous driving capabilities are supplied by Ericsson's open API Connected Urban Transport (CUT) platform, which allows the buses to communicate with sensor-enabled bus stops, traffic lights and road-signs.Read more
While 2017 may already seem like a distant memory, it was certainly a year to remember for the Stockholm tech startup scene.
And as the new year kicks off, it will be exciting to see how Stockholm's entrepreneurial ecosystem builds on the accomplishments of the city's startup scene in 2017.Read more
"Building the Innovation Ecosystem" Report from ICF Analyzes How Cities Foster Private-Sector Entrepreneurship and Innovation
(9 January 2018 – New York City) – The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) today released Building the Innovation Ecosystem. The new research report explores how two very different Intelligent Communities have fostered a local ecosystem of private-sector innovation through a comprehensive effort engaging government, education, nonprofits and business.
In just a few months, an emerging startup in Stockholm will attempt to change how urban farmers think about sustainability—and how building owners can benefit from being eco-friendly. A Swedish company called Plantagon is expected to open a basement farm under a 26-floor office tower in the city without paying a cent in rent.
How? If all goes according to plan, the heat from the LED lights helping to nourish the plants will be vented to the rest of the building, covering heating costs that are nearly three times the amount the building’s owners would charge to lease the space.Read more
Stockholm is adopting queue and flow measurement technology from business intelligence company Blip Systems to help alleviate congestions and provide road users with more accurate, live traffic information.
The number of cars on the roads in the Swedish capital is constantly increasing leading to higher congestion, reduced road accessibility, and increased environmental pollution.
Therefore the city is using the Denmark-based firm’s BlipTrack queue and travel time measurement technology to increase travel time transparency, reduce environmental impact and optimise traffic flow as well as provide a detailed, up-close analysis of ongoing issues.Read more
Stockholm is the fastest-growing capital in Europe, and as the population increases so does demand for housing and public infrastructure. There’s much to be done to make sure this growth is positive. From building more homes to imbuing neglected neighbourhoods with a sense of community, steps must be taken to accommodate for the expansion.
Building for better social integration is one of the key future challenges that the city is focusing on. It’s been a priority for Stockholm-based urban planning consultant, Mia Lundström, for several years now - and something she is working to improve throughout the city.Read more
Stockholm is the 'fastest-growing capital in Europe' – and soon its surroundings could turn into 8 new cities
Stockholm is booming. Kjell Nordström, a famous Swedish economist, recently predicted the city will almost triple in population by 2045, to 4,5 million people.
In terms of both housing and population growth, Stockholm is now the fastest-growing capital in Europe, at least according to the city's chamber of commerce and key politicians. The explosive growth (est. 11% population growth 2015-2020) means surrounding areas and municipalities are becoming key in the city's outward expansion.Read more
The Swedish housing website called Qasa started as a service for long-term subleasing of rooms and apartments. Now it’s taking making a move on the market for first-hand leases, by initiating collaborations with two real estate companies. The idea is to match users looking for leases with new apartments, Di Digital writes.
“Considering that the queue – at least in Stockholm – is so long that it can take many years for an applicant to find a first-hand lease through the municipal queue system, there is need for an alternative,” says Qasa co-founder Mattia Tosti.Read more
On September 7, for the first time, the Swedish capital will host a large conference dedicated to blockchain technology and cryptocurrency – Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference Stockholm.
The event is a part of Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference, which is the first and the largest network of crypto conferences in Europe. The organizer is Smile-Expo that holds similar events in the Czech Republic, Estonia, Russia, and Ukraine.Read more
The symposium, a critical part of the German G20 Presidency’s drive to leverage emerging digital and financial technology to advance green finance, will see many new ventures launched with the Stockholm Green Finance Initiative being one of the trailblazers. A bold new venture to encourage green digital finance initiatives has been launched at the G20 Green Invest symposium currently taking place in Berlin -Stockholm Green Digital Finance.
Meeting the UN’s ambitious Sustainable Development Goals by the 2030 deadline requires trillions of dollars of private investment. Sustainable economies require solutions that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve energy efficiency, fight climate change and reduce pollution. These present potential investment opportunities to investors. Yet, actual capital redeployment to deliver solutions to these urgent challenges remains limited.Read more