Pioneering the Industrial Metaverse: Valmet Automotive and Telia’s Revolutionary Project

Valmet Automotive, in collaboration with Telia, has embarked on an innovative pilot project at their Uusikaupunki car plant, leveraging cutting-edge robot technology to create a virtual replica of their Innovation Center. This initiative is part of the broader MURO innovation project, which aims to explore the capabilities of 5G-enabled service robots in industrial settings. By using a lidar scan to map out the plant’s environment, they’ve constructed an immersive metaverse where specialists can interact in real-time, irrespective of their physical location, through VR glasses or a PC screen.

The project marks a significant leap towards location-independent operations within the industrial sector, allowing for more flexible and remote management of engineering, maintenance, repairs, and training. Antti Havola, Strategy Director at Valmet Automotive, envisions this technology radically transforming industry workflows and fostering a new realm of remote collaboration and testing.

Valmet Automotive is set to spearhead this technological evolution, anticipating a 2-3 year timeline from the metaverse’s testing phase to its full-scale implementation. The goal is to incorporate customer projects into the metaverse, positioning Valmet Automotive as a leader in this tech-forward approach to manufacturing and automation.


Additional information:

Mikael Mäki, Manager, Corporate Communications, Valmet Automotive
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AI-SEE- Artificial Intelligence enhancing vehicle vision in low visibility conditions project

In the AI-SEE project, a PENTA EURIPIDES² labelled research project is taking seriously the mission impossible – 24/7 automated driving in poor visibility conditions. 21 partners comprising world class players on the OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) and supplier level will join forces over a period of three years to build a novel, robust sensor system supported by artificial intelligence for low visibility conditions. The result will be a robust, fault-tolerant multi-sensor perception system. It will be functional in practically all lighting and weather conditions in 24h/365-day mode enabling safe automated driving at SAE Level 4. The project led by Mercedes-Benz AG kicked off on June 2021.

The project is co-developing broad spectrum of complex hardware and software development needed to tackle this currently considered blind spot of automated vehicles. Specifically, the state-of-the-art fault tolerant multi-sensor perception system supported by AI processing scheme will be presented and the related R&I challenges of implementing self-diagnosis, adaptation and robustness discussed. Furthermore, the requirements for inclement weather data collection and sensor near transformation models for synthetic datasets generation will be outlined.

On 31 August and 1 September, 2023, the AI-SEE consortium convened for its 2nd Consortium Meeting at the VTT premises in Tampere, Finland. This gathering brought together over 30 participants with the primary objectives of reviewing the technical accomplishments achieved during the 2nd project year and aligning efforts for the project’s completion in 2024.


During the meeting, notable progress was showcased through the presentation of project demonstration vehicles by VTT, Unikie, Magna/Veoneer, and Patria. This marked a crucial integration milestone in the validation process of the AI-SEE platform.

Additionally, a collaborative testing campaign took place in Padasjoki, Finland, where the Patria off-road land demonstrator, equipped with automotive sensing components, underwent successful testing on forest terrain typical of Finland. This achievement underscored the adaptability and effectiveness of the AI-SEE perception system in diverse domains.

About AI-SEE

AI-SEE is a co-labelled PENTA and EURIPIDES2 project endorsed by EUREKA. National Funding Authorities are Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG), Business Finland, Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and National Research Council of Canada Industrial Research Assistance Program (NRC-IRAP). EURIPIDES² is a EUREKA Cluster promoting the generation of innovative, industry-driven, pre-competitive R&D projects in the area of Smart Electronic Systems. Twenty organisations have committed to build a novel, robust sensing system supported by Artificial Intelligence (AI) that enables automated travel in variable traffic and weather conditions.

Project duration: 36 months, starting on 1st June 2021

Total costs: €20 million

Funding from national public authorities (co-labelled by PENTA and EURIPIDES²): €10 million

Coordinator: Mercedes-Benz AG



OEMs: Mercedes-Benz AG, Patria Land Oy

Automotive Suppliers: Magna/Veoneer Sweden AB, Robert Bosch GmbH, AVL List GmbH, Brightway Vision Ltd., ams-OSRAM AG, Torc Europe GmbH, Torc CND Robotics Inc.

Research Institutes: VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd., Universität Stuttgart, CARISSMA Institute of Automated Driving, Stiftung für Lasertechnologien in der Medizin und Meßtechnik an der Universität Ulm

Engineering Companies: Ansys Germany GmbH, Meluta Oy, UNIKIE Oy, OQmented GmbH, FIFTY2 Technology GmbH, Basemark Oy, AstaZero AB

A Unique Living Lab Environment In Tampere For Urban Transport

Business Finland is funding Tampereen Raitiotie Oy’s Lyyli Living Lab development environment through the Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) funding program, which is part of the Sustainable Growth Program for Finland. Lyyli Living Lab is an inclusive RDI environment for the development, validation, and the acquisition of market references of sustainable, rail-based, smart urban transport technologies and services.

Lyyli Living Lab is a real-life development and test environment for urban transport products and services. At its core, it is a tram car equipped with exceptional measurement devices, IT connections, and a data management and analytics system.

  • Operations started in Tampere in early 2022.
  • Lyyli Living Lab is an open piloting, development, and validation environment that invites Finnish and international operators to join its partner company network and to use its services by submitting an application to Tampereen Raitiotie Oy and agreeing on a partnership fee corresponding to their chosen participation period.
  • The operations of the Lyyli Living Lab development environment are steered by the TURMS innovation cluster, which is financed through partnership fees and Business Finland’s funding that will continue to the end of 2025.
  • The steering group of the innovation cluster includes Tampereen Raitiotie Oy, Skoda Transtech, Business Finland, Business Tampere, City of Tampere, VTT, and the University of Tampere.
  • Business Finland has granted EUR 366,000 to the rail transport laboratory. In addition, Business Finland has granted funding to the SmartRail ecosystem.


Lyyli Living Lab is designed to meet the needs of companies as well as public, research, and other organizations that develop transport and mobility technologies and services. These companies and organizations are partners in the TURMS innovation cluster and use the RDI environment.


Business Finland’s cooperation with Tampereen Raitiotie demonstrates that it is able to fund activities that differ from conventional research and development activities also through innovation clusters, for example. The potential for similar arrangements may also exist elsewhere.

The main goal of Business Finland is to make the group of organizations participating in the ecosystem more international.

RRF – 5G/6G, AI, Quantum – development environments and microelectronics

For 2023, Business Finland will open a new funding call for projects aimed at building or developing test, pilot, research, and innovation infrastructures that promote the development of 6G, AI, and quantum computing and advancing microelectronics.

For more information, please contact us or leave a message in the online customer service with the identifier RRF – 5G/6G, AI, Quantum – development environments and microelectronics.

The Sustainable Growth Program for Finland related to the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility (RRF) aims to accelerate the development of competitiveness, investments, increased competence levels, and research, development, and innovation. It specifically focuses on promoting the green transition and the digital change.

Olavi Keränen
Business Finland
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