Projects

There are several smart mobility projects and pilots ongoing and completed in Helsinki - primarily focused in the West Harbour area and Jätkäsaari. The different cases include smaller experiments as well as bigger projects with different research aspects (e.g. EU projects).
URBANE project logo

URBANE

Companies: LMAD, DB Schenker, Soben/TwinswHeel

The Horizon project URBANE is looking for solutions for improving city logistics. In Helsinki, piloting in 2023-2024 will be focused especially on autonomous delivery solutions.

Goal: Developing and piloting alternative (autonomous) last mile delivery solutions

Schedule: 9/2022-2/2026 (pilots in 2023-2024)

Budget: Total budget 10 M€ (1,2 M€ for the partners involved in Helsinki pilot)

Suvi Vähä-Sipilä (Forum Virium Helsinki)

The URBANE project is aimed at developing a replication and scale-up model for successfully replicating smart green last-mile delivery solutions. It will use a PI-inspired innovation framework and digital twins with real life pilots in different cities around Europe. The activities in Helsinki are focused on developing and testing sustainable and viable last mile delivery solutions, and particularly autonomous systems. The Helsinki pilot partners include LMAD (Last Mile Autonomous Delivery, operating an autonomous system), DB Schenker (as the logistics operator) and Soben/TwinswHeel (as a provider of the autonomous platform) with Forum Virium Helsinki managing the pilot with the support of Helsinki/Mobility Lab.

Traffic speed visualization for West Harbour

Visual traffic analytics

Companies: xyzt.ai & GeoMobility

The pilot studies the possibilities and quality of different traffic data sources (particularly floating vehicle type data) for different traffic analysis purposes.

Goal: Understanding the possibilities of different data sets for traffic analysis in Helsinki

Schedule: 9-12/2022

Contact: Juho Kostiainen (City of Helsinki) & Janne Rinne (Forum Virium Helsinki)

In the pilot, xyzt.ai’s visual analytics platform is used for studying traffic flows and quality of data sets provided by GeoMobility. The objective is to better understand the quality and coverage of different data sets in the Helsinki area, and how they serve different needs and how they can be analyzed (e.g. routes, speeds and delays of traffic). For the companies, it provides a chance to build knowledge on regional data sources, challenges and needs.

The public summary report is available here as pdf.

Map with indicated test locations

Ubiwhere and traffic measurements

Ubiwhere

Open data was produced by the Portuguese Ubiwhere with different technologies in two locations in the West Harbour area. The data is produced in The Crusell bridge and Mechelininkatu-Pohjoinen Rautatienkatu intersection. During the spring and fall of 2021 open data was produced in two additional locations in Selkämerenkatu and Pohjoinen Rautatiekatu. In addition to traffic data, the Crusell bridge and Mechelininkatu sites also included air quality stations.

Testing traffic data measurements and producing open data from relevant intersections in the area.

1/2021-12/2021

Matias Oikari (Forum Virium Helsinki)

The API documentation for the open data can be found here: https://urbsense.urbanplatform.city/api/public/docs/.

Drone path

Drone delivery service

Third Space Auto, Fly-By Guys

Finished Q4/2021 Drone-based delivery services to the district of Jätkäsaari. The pilot test both the feasibility and usefulness as well as citizens' views about using drones as a means for delivering items.

Goal: Testing the usefulness of drone deliveries

Contact: Matias Oikari (Forum Virium Helsinki)

This pilot is one of the selected agile pilots from the call in the summer of 2020.

InnoTrafik's sensor capsule

Smart pedestrian warning system for the visually impaired

InnoTrafik

Finished Q2/2021 A smart warning system for the visually impaired at pedestrian crossings.

Goal: Testing the feasibility of a warning system for the visually impaired

Contact: Janne Rinne (Forum Virium Helsinki)

This project is one of the selected agile pilots. The solution will be tested in the spring of 2021 as the first phase of the agile pilot process.

Trombia's autonomous street sweeper

Autonomous street sweeper

Trombia Technologies

Piloting Trombia's autonomous and energy efficient street sweeper as a street maintenance solution together with street maintenance experts from Stara and the City of Helsinki.

Goal: Testing the feasibility of an autonomous street sweeper

Contact: Janne Rinne (Forum Virium Helsinki)

This project is one of the selected agile pilots. The solution was tested in the spring of 2021 as the first phase of the agile pilot process, the second phase of the pilot is planned for spring of 2022.

Screenshot of TerrainSense platform with data from Jätkäsaari

Bike path condition measurement

TerrainSense

Finished Q2/2021 Measuring the condition of bike paths with sensors installed in bicycles to monitor issues and maintenance levels.

Goal: Testing the use of bike-mounted sensors for bike path condition measurement

Contact: Janne Rinne (Forum Virium Helsinki)

This project is one of the selected agile pilots. The solution was tested in the spring of 2021 as the first phase of the agile pilot process.

Dangerous driving behaviour at pedestrian crossing

Near miss detection at pedestrian crossings

Kradient Intelligence

Finished Q2/2021 Detection of near miss events at pedestrian crossings by using machine vision.

Goal: Testing the detection of dangerous driving behaviour at pedestrian crossings

Contact: Janne Rinne (Forum Virium Helsinki)

This project is one of the selected agile pilots. The solution was tested in the spring of 2021 as the first phase of the agile pilot process.

Lidar

Traffic monitoring with LIDAR and edge computing

Nodeon

Testing the use of LIDAR technology and edge computing in traffic monitoring for the purposes of traffic management, planning and counting.

Goal: Testing the feasibility of LIDAR technology for traffic monitoring

Contact: Janne Rinne (Forum Virium Helsinki)

This project is one of the selected agile pilots. The solution was tested in the spring of 2021 as the first phase of the agile pilot process. In the fall of 2021, a second phase of the pilot was done, extending the pilot to also include the testing of C-ITS messages based on the detections.

Map of Jätkäsaari with information points for last 50 meter routing

Last-meter routing for delivery logistics

Tietorahti Oy

Finished Q1/2021 The Tietorahti mobile map provides detailed location and information about the entrances of buildings in the city center of Helsinki. The map also includes official loading sites for logistics as well as no-parking zones that are used for logistics. Once parked, the driver can switch from the mobile map to the routing tool Gatesolve which gives the shortest route to the right entrance by foot.

Making urban delivery logistics smoother by detailed entrance data and last-meter routing tool.

Schedule Q4/2020 - Q1/2021

Janne Rinne (Forum Virium Helsinki)

More info about the pilot (In Finnish)

https://forumvirium.fi/tietorahti-pilotti-helsinki/

Professional drivers from logistics companies take part in the agile pilot by giving feedback about the feasibility and further development needs of the solution. They also validate and complement the data on loading sites. This pilot was one of the agile pilots done in 2020/2021.