Australia’s longest EV highway to feature Kempower rapid charging technology

JET Charge will supply 42 Kempower C-Stations along the new EV highway in Western Australia. Stretching for more than 5,300 kilometers, the project is one of the world’s longest single EV infrastructure projects. Once the EV highway is completed, drivers will be able to access 98 EV chargers spread across 49 locations, at no more than 200km apart.

The EV highway is part of the McGowan Government’s AU$21 million Electric Vehicle Fund and delivers on the State Electric Vehicle Action Plan for Western Australia. The State Government is delivering the highway through its’ energy utilities Synergy and Horizon Power. Stretching from Kununurra in the north to Albany in the south and Eucla in the east, the project will see a range of EV chargers installed at locations across Western Australia, including metropolitan and regional sites, as well as into the outback.

Read the original news published on to learn why JET Charge chose Kempower as their partner.

PayiQ and Ukrainian Symbol Transport Sign Partnership Agreement

Finnish smart ticketing forerunner PayiQ and Ukrainian software company Symbol Transport, a leading provider of automated fare collection systems, have signed a partnership agreement in early August 2022.

Collaboration framework will involve the launch of PayiQ’s virtual travel card in Ukraine as a part of a closed loop system. Virtual transport card is a cutting-edge technology product which will fill the market demand for an easy payment method on the go. It is a compelling alternative to plastic transport cards used traditionally in closed loop systems.

Symbol Transport for their part have an open loop EMV solution that allows contactless credit or debit card payments. The companies’ solutions will complement each other, offering both open and closed loop system for any international mass transit project that require bank card payments.

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Sensible 4 Releases Autonomous Driving Platform DAWN™ and Welcomes Metaplanet as an Investor

Finnish self-driving technology pioneer Sensible 4 releases their first autonomous driving software platform product – DAWN™. The technology, enabling autonomous driving in all weather, without the need for lane markings, is underpinned by decades of experience and expertise in the field of outdoor robotics. The company, headquartered in Finland, has also increased its A-round funding. To date, Sensible 4 has raised a total of €16.7M.

DAWN™ is SAE level 4 autonomous driving software platform that provides three solutions in one; it enables last mile transport of goods and people in the form of autonomous industrial transport, delivery vehicles, and shuttle buses. DAWN™ has been developed on the back of extensive expertise and experience in the field to meet automotive safety and quality best practices.

A vehicle with SAE Level 4 automation software and sensor stack is able to drive without human assistance in limited conditions, and it can be remotely operated. The DAWN™ autonomous driving software platform is system agnostic, ensuring its suitability for different vehicle types, with different sensor configurations. One of the key features of DAWN™ is the Remote Operations, enabling a human remote operator to supervise and control the vehicle remotely from the control centre. A single remote operator is able to operate multiple vehicles, thus providing an efficient operation for commercial use.

“DAWN™ is now ready to be used by OEMs as part of their production line planning. This means we can actively start addressing the transport challenges of today, such as driver shortage, whilst providing a sustainable solution that will help the planet in the future,” comments Harri Santamala, CEO of Sensible 4

Currently DAWN™ is being used in Bodø, Norway where Sensible 4 is carrying out the world’s first long-term autonomous driving service North of the Arctic Circle.

Metaplanet VC – New Investment With Remarkable Track Record

Sensible 4 has continued to increase its funding – taking the total to €16.7M. The latest funding, saw the introduction of a new investor Metaplanet VC, was co-led by Japanese NordicNinja VC and further complemented by family offices and employees. Metaplanet VC, owned by Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn, is an early-stage investment firm that provides capital to deep tech startup founders. Metaplanet back mission-driven founders working on positively disruptive deep technologies.

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One of a kind tram serves as a test bed for mobility services in Tampere

The internationally unique “Lyyli Living Lab” environment is being built for the Tampere Tramway system. It will allow various parties to cooperate on the experiment-driven development of urban mobility solutions in a real operating environment.

The purpose of the “Lyyli Living Lab” project is to create a development, experiment, testing and marketing environment and the related services. This will make it possible to develop urban mobility solutions and obtain references in a real operating environment: the Tampere Tramway system, the Tramway Mock-up, and the very first Lyyli tram car.

Tampere Tramway Ltd is the host organisation for the project, which is scheduled to last for 4–6 years.

“One of the key goals of the project is to offer passengers new services and innovations to improve the travel experience and in addition to perform technology trials in a test car that operates in normal traffic. We’re excited to be able to use our Lyyli tram car in such a unique project – the first of its kind once again”, says Ali Huttunen, Head of Rolling Stock at Tampere Tramway Ltd.

“Lyyli Living Lab” has been operating since the beginning of 2022 in small-scale trials, and the first larger trial began at the end of April. Construction of the project environment is already in progress, with Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) taking responsibility for the technology and digital tools.

“We expect this globally unique co-development environment to meet the needs of companies, the city, its residents and research organisations, attract wide-ranging international interest, and create a concrete platform for various forms of cooperation”, states Olli Pihlajamaa, Senior Scientist at VTT.

The project is being implemented in cooperation with the City of Tampere, Business Tampere, Skoda, and the University of Tampere. The first example of experiment-driven development is an environmental observation system developed by Skoda Group and GIM Robotics, which will reduce the life cycle costs of a tram car and improve traffic safety.

“The test platform has been very beneficial for us, because it provides an easy way to test the first prototypes in real traffic. This significantly speeds up development and testing work”, explain Tommi Tikkanen from GIM Robotics and Kai Hermonen from Skoda Group.

“Lyyli Living Lab” supports the City of Tampere’s goal of building a sustainable and smart Tampere region in which housing, living and travel are carbon neutral and services function digitally, smoothly and in a user-oriented manner.

“During recent years, the City of Tampere has invested strongly in smart city development, ecosystems and open development platforms. Co-development plays a very important role in creating new innovations and ensuring the region’s vitality. An attractive city offers its residents quality services, a pleasant environment and a smooth everyday life with convenient transport. This project will accelerate and ensure the achievement of these goals”, explains Markku Niemi, Director of the Smart City programme at Business Tampere.

The project already has nearly 20 committed partners at this time. All interested Finnish and international actors can participate in the project by sending an application to Tampere Tramway Ltd and approving the annual membership fee corresponding to their selected commitment period. More information about the project is available at Lyyli’s webpage.

Article is originally published on Tampere Tramway’s webpage.

Picture: Visit Tampere, photographer Laura Vanzo

Awake.AI launches platform based on Intel’s technology

With productivity, environmental, and economic pressures mounting, ports around the world are turning to the Internet of Things (IoT), advanced analytics and machine learning to boost operational efficiencies. Working together to mesh edge,AI and 5G technologies, Finnish forerunner of digitalized maritime and port operations Awake.AI and Intel are leading port operations to the computer vision era. The solution uses machine-learning models to detect objects in the port yard using sensors installed in the port area and automatically provide real-time awareness of utilization rates and cargo flows.

Global supply chains and their importance for the world’s economy have been frequently debated in the wake of the Covid pandemic. The organization of the flow of cargo has been a great challenge since ancient times. With the enormous values being shipped daily, there is great potential in improvements that can be made to make the process more efficient. Awake.AI and Intel are now enabling ports around the world to take the next step in digitalization. Potential benefits from using the platform include but are not limited to a better use of existing capacity, reduced port area emissions, accurate real-time prediction of arrivalsand departures, optimized port calls driven by AI and computer-vision insights, real-time information sharing, and time and cost savings.

For example, Lidar sensor data, often combined with other sources of data, can be used tooptimize the arrival and departure of landside traffic. Sensors can detect congestion, enablingre-routing port gate and inner area traffic, says Karno Tenovuo, CEO of Awake.AI.

With a powerful, scalable data-intensive platform capable of processing tens of millions of events per day, integration to port systems, shipping line systems along with APIs, web, and mobile tools that support both automated and manual cargo flow events Awake.AI can deliverfull end-to-end visibility through a cargo flow control center.

Using powerful computer vision technologies from Intel, including intelligent edge and cloud instances powered by Intel® Xeon® processors and optional vision accelerators that can benefit from the use of the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ Toolkit, port operators can receive warnings of disruptions from expected normal operations along the cargo flow.

“Smart Port as a Service and our cooperation with Awake.AI have great potential to revolutionize trade and to make it more sustainable,” said Maurits Tichelman, Intel Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We can help transportation providers turn data into insights to achieve fast, efficient and informed use of transportation resources.”

The collaboration between Awake.AI and Intel has resulted in an AI-driven solution with great potential for the next step in digitalization of global transportation. With Smart Port as a Service™, ports have a well-defined path toward the future, Karno Tenovuo, CEO of Awake.AI concludes.

Read the original article and download entire brief on Awake.AI’s web page.

Sensible 4 runs an autonomous driving pilot with MUJI-designed driverless shuttle

Japanese automotive industry gets a new operator as the Finnish self-driving company opens an office in Tokyo. Sensible 4’s autonomous driving technology is known for its ability to work in challenging weather conditions. Also, Sensible 4’s autonomous shuttle bus designed by MUJI does piloting in Chiba, Japan.

As part of the internalisation strategy, Finnish autonomous driving technology company Sensible 4 has expanded to Japan. The company is known for its self-driving software that enables driving in challenging weather conditions, like snowfall or fog. The company sees that autonomous driving technology can bring a solution for Japan’s prevalent challenges of an ageing population and driver shortage. Japan is a forerunner in adopting new technology and it’s also one of the first countries in the world to have regulations in place for self-driving vehicles, which makes it a very attractive new market for the company.

“We see Japan as a strategic market where we can help with our autonomous software in not only public transport, but logistics and industrial sites. We also are already working with multiple Japanese customers, so it is important that we have the team ready to support when needed“, explains Harri Santamala, CEO of Sensible 4. He continues: “Also, the self-driving software is developed and tested in Finland in comparable weather conditions as Japan.”

Sensible 4 has secured financing of 17 million euros, of which a major part is from Japanese investors. Japan has been an important market for Sensible 4 since the beginning and a representative has been working in Tokyo for years – starting a business there is a natural next step.

“We also have an exciting ongoing partnership with a Japanese OEM, that unfortunately we cannot disclose now, but there will be a public announcement later this year”, Santamala comments on the future plans.

Read the original article on Sensible 4’s page to learn more about the pilots with MUJI Designed Self-Driving Shuttle Bus.

Air taxis in 2026? Drone development heads towards futuristic vision in Finland

The role of drones is growing rapidly in various industries, including inspection, surveillance and time-critical transport. Fast, long-flying and cost-effective drones can cope with challenging environments. Technological developments and active research open up new avenues for them.

Automatic drones are rapidly becoming part of transport systems in various industries. They have great potential, for example, in construction and aerial surveillance or as part of industry site security solutions. Drones also play an increasing role in critical deliveries, such as the transport of blood and laboratory samples and even that of organs.

– These solutions are utilised, for example, in Ghana and Rwanda, where road infrastructure is deficient. There, drones can facilitate transportation to remote areas. For example, coronary vaccines have been delivered in packages dropped by parachutes. Even in Finland, medicine and defibrillator transports have been tried. Urgently needed spare parts are an example of activities carried outside medicine, says Hannu Karvonen, Senior Scientist at VTT.

Read an article published by VTT, and learn how the leading Finnish research institution develops a roadmap for their futuristic vision for 2026.

Interested to learn more about Finnish drone development and players? Read the blog post published on Future Mobility Finland about Hottest Finnish Drone Startups and check the companies out!

Market visit to Italy – Finnish companies offer intelligent transport solutions for the future

Thirteen Finnish companies had the opportunity to get to know the industrial centers of northern Italy in Turin and Milan during Team Finland’s trade mission trip in May. The trip was organized parallelly with the Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade, Ville Skinnari’s, visit to Italy.

Finland has gained top notch expertise in the fields of green transition and intelligent transportation, as well as in the digital sector, including 5G / 6G technologies and cyber security. Northern Italy, on the other hand, is known for its automotive industry, and the mission gave Finnish companies the opportunity to present their know-how to important European companies.

“We had noticed that investments of tens of billions of euros are underway in Italy related to the electrification of transportation and the use of artificial intelligence in mobility. We wanted to meet this demand by inviting companies that were experts in these fields. The process of internationalization of these companies was also at the stage where they were potentially ready to enter the Italian market. In northern Italy, and especially in Turin, there is a strong interest in investing in solutions of intelligent transportation and digitalization both on the private and public sector,” says Hanna Laurén, a Senior Specialist in Foreign Trade at the Finnish Embassy in Rome.

Altogether 13 companies from the Finnish mobility industry participated in the trade mission: Aalto University, Akkurate, Basemark, Elisa IndustrIQ, Fortum, JOT Automation, Nanoksi Finland Oy, Solita, Stora Enso, TactoTEK, Ultra Design & Strategy, Vaisala, and WithSecure.

Safe and efficient solutions for future mobility

According to the experts, in the future assisted and autonomous driving will require new safety solutions. This requires modern software services as well as new capabilities for shuffling data, AI, and machine learning – in all of which Finnish know-how is top of the world.

In the publication of Embassy of Finland, Rome, Finnish mobility technology forerunners Vaisala, Solita, Basemark and Nanoksi Finland tell their stories about enabling safer and smoother mobility through data and automation. Go check them out!

Proxion led succesfully autonomous train tests in Finland

The autonomous train development project took a major step by carrying out field tests successfully in Finland.  The project is led by private rail expert company Proxion.  GoA4 level locomotive performed missions on a private track. Senior Ministerial Adviser Janne Hauta from ministry of transport and communications had the privilege to send the train to its first mission.

Fully automated and integrated supply chain between production and terminal

Project director Reijo Viinonen states that the autonomous train is intended to be a safe, sustainable, and competitive industrial transport mode. The autonomous, battery driven and shunting free transportation will be the future of industrial logistics.

New technologies from Finland

Partners in the development project were funded partly by Business Finland. Together they have been innovated and brought solutions for the autonomous train logistic on industrial rails.

VTT is one of Europe’s leading research institutions and is government owned.

-ADAS (Automated driving Assistant Systems) on market have been developed for the road transport, says Principal scientist Pertti Peussa from VTT. It is important to develop perception systems that are designed for railway environment.  Reliable and safe operations in all conditions must be ensured also on tracks.

Electric Power Finland has been responsible for development of trackside equipment such as level crossings and fitting it to the needs of autonomous train unit.

-Our electronic switch communicates with the train unit wirelessly, for example using the 5G network, and the train commands the switch to ensure a safe path for itself, says Jani Tupitsa, EPF’s R&D Manager.

The field tests were carried out on Voikkaa Business area’s railyard by modified Otso 4 locomotive. Besides the test unit, Steelwheel is responsible for concept design of the battery-driven autonomous locomotive.

-Field tests which were performed here today proved us that current rolling-stock can be fitted for autonomous driving, says Kimmo Hämäläinen, CEO of Steelwheel. Our sustainable, battery-driven locomotive will be the future of the industrial transportation.

Technical Manager Kimmo Kolehmainen from Proxion presented the Proxion Train Logistics Management System (PTLMS), a software that manages the supply chain. Mr. Kolehmainen also highlighted the importance of CCS+ software of which development Proxion is also responsible.

-Automated and integrated transportation will enhance logistic competitiveness and productivity, Viinonen summarizes.

Read the original article published on Proxion’s web page to learn, what’s expected of future regulation to support development of autonomous trains.

Picture: Proxion

Finnish mobility operators agree on ground rules for data

Improvement of traffic services for businesses and households received a boost with the adoption of an open-source Rulebook by operators in the Finnish mobility sector. The goal is to promote service development in the industry, in both goods and passenger traffic, with means such as data sharing. The traffic sector is thus at last following the lead of the banking and telecommunications sectors, which have for a long time now had interoperable customer services in place.

The Rulebook, devised in collaboration by operators in the sector, will be adopted by all operators in the open-source traffic data ecosystem. Founding members Finnair, Fintraffic, HSL, ITS Finland Ry, LMJ, MaaS Global, Matkahuolto, Metsäteho, Valopilkku Taksi, VR, VTT and FLD Osuuskunta will sign the Rulebook first, and then every operator will be sent an invitation to join as an official members and to commit to compliance with the Rulebook. The Rulebook is based on groundwork done by Sitra to promote a fair data economy. The common Rulebook is a much expected milestone for the 140 operators who have already done good work on this matter in working groups.

Read the news published by Fintraffic to learn more about how the Rulebook and the organizations behind the initiative.