"The selected projects are very timely. They address climate change challenges, present solutions that may foster change in travel behavior, transport modes and infrastructure — and aim for environmental-and people-friendly solutions, says Nina Egeli, Senior Innovation Adviser at Nordic Innovation.
14 applications were submitted to the second Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity call and the projects included a total of 89 partners from all over the Nordic region. After being assessed by Nordic Innovation and an extern Nordic panel, four projects were selected for funding.
The call had a budget of NOK 16 million and the selected four projects will receive NOK 4 million each. The projects will run from 2020 to 2023.
"We were happy to once again see that Nordic stakeholders are very interested in working together to speed up the transition to green and sustainable mobility", Egeli says.
The overall aim of the call was to promote sustainable growth, innovation, entrepreneurship and global competitiveness of Nordic companies while speeding up the transition to a more sustainable and connected mobile future.
Supporting new partnerships and solutions
The selected projects consist of partners representing both bigger and smaller Nordic companies, clusters, universities, research institutions, innovation and business ecosystems, industry organisations and public bodies. According to Egeli, new types of partners are collaborating in the projects. One of the projects, for example, is SME driven.
The projects include partners from all over the Nordic region and complement existing mobility projects funded by Nordic Innovation.
"There are always risks and uncertainties involved in innovation projects, and nobody knows what the future will look like, but by testing, exploring, collaborating and integrating Nordic strongholds the projects may take us an important step closer to a more sustainable Nordic mobility system, while at the same time creating opportunities for Nordic companies", Egeli says.
The funded projects are:
CONNECT: Control Tower for Autonomous Vehicles
The goal of the project is to develop protocols and software for connecting to and remote operating fleets of self-driving vehicles from different manufacturers.
Partners: Holo, Ruter, Sensible 4, TØI
Sustainable Insights: Measure, Inform, Mobilise
This project will develop a unique solution that will guide and help both cities and citizens to choose greener transport methods. In the form of an app, the solution will inform about the impact these choices have, both for each individual and society as a whole.
Partners: Applied Autonomy AS, Kobla AS, Moprim, Östersund kommune
Innovative Sustainable Urban Last Mile: Small Vehicles and Business Models
The i-Smile will develop an innovation platform for upscaling sustainable business models for urban last mile deliveries. The project investigates how innovations in urban last-mile may reduce the negative effects of e-commerce and at the same time create world-class delivery services for consumers.
Partners: Hanken School of Economics, VTI Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute Sweden, The Institute of Transport Economics (TOI) Norway, Copenhagen Business School (CBS), Coreorient Oy, A2B, Seulo-palvelut Oy/ Kauppahalli 24 Finland, DHL Sweden, Amedia Distribujson
Nordic Drone Initiative - an Enabler for Sustainable Cross-border Goods and Passenger Transport with Drones
The Nordic Drone Initiative (NDI) aims to form a collaborative innovation platform to bring relevant stakeholders for jointly accelerating the introduction of drone-based mobility solutions. The project will be the Nordic platform for exchange of ideas between the Nordic countries and the rest of the world.
Partners: RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, Bell Rock Advisors, Katla Aero, Robots Expert, NORCE, Kista Science City, Business Tampere, Gate21, Flypulse, Nordic Edge, LFV Sweden, Mainbase, Drone Nord, UAS Norway, Östergötland Region
Background of the call
The call was part of Nordic Innovation's program Nordic Smart Mobility and Connectivity. The aim of the program is to help develop a more sustainable and connected transport system in the Nordic region while generating opportunities for Nordic businesses. The program is one of the efforts with which Nordic Innovation seeks to fulfil the Nordic prime ministers’ vision of Nordic region as the most sustainable and integrated region in the world by 2030.