New solutions come to life in Finland
The mobility revolution needs solutions that work. Before introduction to market, new technologies and innovations need to be tested. Finland is an ideal testbed for all things new in mobility. We have the necessary enablers: buzzing mobility scene with enthusiastic and excellent solutions builders, cities offering their infrastructure for testing, world-leading regulation enabling pilots and experiments and, most importantly, we have citizens eager to use the new transport and logistics solutions. Our testing and piloting cultures are second to none – therefore new solutions come to life in Finland.
Aurora Snowbox – testbed for connected automated vehicles in the arctic
SNOWBOX is a comprehensive winter testbed and snow-how ecosystem for connected and automated vehicle technologies. It provides testing on public roads, cross-border corridors, and safe proving grounds with necessary workshops and offices through its partners. Testing facilities are completed by digital infrastructure and information services as well as engineering and Aurora SnowTeam expertise to support self-driving vehicle industryand academia in their development efforts. Snowbox testbed is designed for those who want to obtain weather-proof technological solutions and tackle harsh weather and difficult driving conditions which are the biggest problem for autonomous driving performance.
Snowbox is in the North, 200 km above Arctic Circle, where ground is snow-covered around half the year, temperature can dip down to -40 °C and Polar night lasts approximately one month. Read more on Snowbox’s website.
Growth Corridor offers an open test bed and innovation platform
The Growth Corridor Finland is a collaboration network comprising over 20 cities and municipalities, three Regional Councils, four Chambers of Commerce and four Ministries, as well as the Federation of Finnish Enterprise. The Growth Corridor offers an open test bed and innovation platform for developing measures.
The main target of the Growth Corridor Finland is to develop and support smart accessibility as well as become the leading pilot platform for new, smart and sustainable mobility.
The Growth Corridor Finland consists of development projects related to accessibility, mobility as a services and piloting at actual environment. The development measures generate cooperation between public and private sector, universities and research institutes. Read more on the Growth Corridor’s website.
Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab – Helsinki’s testbed for smart mobility
Smart, safe, smooth and sustainable mobility of tomorrow is created in Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab. Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab is a multi-actor testbed that facilitates piloting of smart and digital solutions in Helsinki.
Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab brings together a network of great minds, all invested into making mobility smarter and more sustainable. The lab helps businesses and researchers pilot new solutions in a real urban environment by support with permits and installations as well as engaging the citizens as test users and even providing enabling smart infrastructure and technology on the streets.
In short, Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab helps companies focus on their core operations, open up for new collaborations and find means to grow in terms of scale and references through agile real-world piloting and co-creation. Read more about Jätkäsaari testbed on Lab’s website and further information about Helsinki area testbeds on testbed.helsinki website.
One Sea Jaakonmeri test area is one of a kind
Finland boasts an internationally unique, open-to-all maritime test area Jaakonmeri, located in the coastal area of Finland. The test area enables maritime technology experiments, such as trials with remote-controlled and autonomous vessels. The goal is to establish a similar test area further in the Baltic Sea which would allow for the Baltic countries to experiment in cooperation at the transport system level as well.
Jaakonmeri test area is open to all companies, research institutes and others wishing to test autonomous maritime traffic, vessels, or technologies related to it. Read more on One Sea’s website.
OuluZone+ is a research and training center for infra BIM, autonomous vehicles and heavy trucks
The centre offers a high speed 5G network in arctic test environment. OuluZone+ area has been designed for a wide range of activities like motor sports, research, education, aviation and shooting range. In collaboration with Nokia Networks, OuluZone+ has a plan to be the first 5G enabled test site.
Research and sport actions are complementary in the area, which enables developing the area for the needs of both. OuluZone+ is situated along the highway 20, only 30 minutes from the city of Oulu and 40 minutes from the Oulu airport.
The idea of OuluZone+ is to combine quality infrastructure to world-class research activities. University of Oulu and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd are key partners offering a wide range of technology research services connected to OuluZone+.
OuluZone+ offers a unique opportunity to get involved in the area’s development. Upcoming construction activities can be customised to fit your needs. The area already has 8 different types of tracks available for technology research, testing and education activities. OuluZone+ can offer an environment for testing autonomous vehicles in snowstorm or heavy truck tires on ice. OuluZone+ offers high-class reference points and an area for Infrastructure BIM development in practice. Earthwork machines and operators can be arranged with partners. Read more on OuluZone+’s website.
Sodankylä test area provides winter and connected car testing area with 5G-test network
A winter testing area for intelligent traffic systems, advanced road weather services and 5G-networking is located in Sodankylä in the northern part of Finland. The area consists of 1.7km track with two interactive Vaisala road weather stations, onboard mobile measurements in vehicles and networking with 5G, 3G, IEEE 802.11p and Wi-Fi. Test environment is a joint effort between Finnish Meteorological Institute and research centre VTT in Sod5G EAKR project.
The test area is connected to the 5GTN test network and will offer a 5G service development environment for the road weather services as well as for Intelligent transport services and connected cars.
The area fulfils the requirements for enhanced testing of multi-authority co-operative services, various kinds of rescue and flight operations as well as vehicle winter testing and ensures the necessary prerequisites for the long-term research activities within these topics. For more information, see the Sod5G project website.
Tampere ITS Factory: Test environment the size of a city
The ITS Factory offers its members the physical transport system of the Tampere City region as a testing environment. Information on the flow of vehicular transport and its status at any moment is gathered continuously from various sources. The status of public transport is monitored in real time. In addition, information on parking, pedestrians, and cyclists is available.
Tampere City Region facilitates testing of new solutions and development for intelligent transport – on the other hand, as a city region, it benefits from solutions that improve the functionality, predictability, safety and efficiency of the transport system. The ITS Factory community was established to make it all happen with public and private partnerships.
The ITS Factory community provides tools for the development of intelligent transport services. Open data allows the development of new applications, products, and services. The close-knit development community promotes the utilization of open data.
ITS Factory facilitates the testing of services and systems in order to make them meet the needs of the end-users – city residents, businesses, and the public sector. The Tampere City Region offers excellent opportunities for testing new intelligent transport solutions on end users. Read more on BusinessTampere’s website.
UAS research and test environment Number 9 being built in Karstula
A new kind of UAS research and test environment is currently being built in Karstula, located in the middle of Finland. The test environment Number 9 provides all the necessary facilities for development, a private airfield and wilderness area for testing purposes as well as expertise in robotics and logistics.
During the year, the weather conditions vary from blistering cold winter winds to warm summer with midnight sun. With controlled private airspace and easy access, Number 9 guarantees your privacy and tranquillity to work. Read more on Number 9’s website.