“Driverless technology has great potential. Driverless shuttles could be successfully used in low density areas to help people with restricted mobility,” he said. Commenting on the benefits of the technology, he highlighted safety:
“90% of traffic accidents are caused by human error. Driverless technology is certainly a key solution in increasing road safety.”
Cybersecurity will be provided by the software company Guardtime.
“As a country, Estonia is already leading the world when it comes to the adoption of blockchain technologies in the government domain, and we are now very happy to be able to play a part also in securing driverless vehicles,”
said Martin Ruubel from Guardtime, a company that is helping Estonia to ensure the integrity of data in its systems and networks.

Estonia aims to advance the digitalisation of transport and the adoption of new, smarter transport solutions. “In Estonia we know that for predicting the future technological trends we have to create it ourselves. The Easymile driverless shuttle is the first visible step towards future solutions and hopefully they will be joined by other driverless vehicles, such as buses, cars and taxis in the cities as well as the country. We want Estonia to be among the first countries to embrace driverless technology,” said Johann Peetre, an executive director at the Transport Development and Investments Department of the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications wishes to increase competence in driverless technology at the national level, as well as in universities and businesses, in order to be prepared for a more extensive introduction of the technology. To this end, there are plans to test the technology of various producers of driverless vehicles and identify their benefits and limitations.