Local News in Brief: Driverless cars heading to Nordhavn? – The Post

Local News in Brief: Driverless cars heading to Nordhavn?

Better flood protection on the way, as capital yearns for more housing

Minus the arid-looking background, this could be Nordhavn in the future (photo: TechUniverse)
April 19th, 2016 1:59 pm| by Christian W
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The Copenhagen Municipality is looking into the possibility of a driverless car trial in the Nordhavn district of the capital in the future. Nordhavn has been chosen because it is the host of the EnergyLab Nordhavn project – a growing urban lab that aims to document how electricity, heating, energy-efficient buildings and electrical transport can be merged into an intelligent, flexible and optimised energy system.

Millions for flood protection

City Hall has green-lighted 11 projects worth almost 400 million kroner that aim to better protect the capital from flooding. The project will protect some 80,000 households against the type of heavy rain flooding that caused billions of kroner in damages in recent years. The 11 projects are focused on medium to high-risk flood zones and are part of the 2017 project package.

More housing needed

A new report from City Hall has revealed that some 45,000 new households are needed in the capital by 2027. The report showed that the population in Copenhagen is expected to grow rapidly by an additional 100,000 people over the next ten years. The two factors behind the population explosion are more people born in the capital and more people moving in from abroad.