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Press Release: NOK 16 Million to Projects Developing Sustainable Mobility in the Nordic Region

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.

"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.

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.

New solutions through Nordic collaboration

The project partners include partners from all over the Nordic region and complement existing mobility projects funded by Nordic Innovation mobility projects.

"We are happy to see the engagement and investment from both established and new actors to this call. The four funded projects bring together bright minds from all the Nordic countries and I am sure they will bring us closer to more sustainable and innovative mobility systems and provide new opportunities for Nordic businesses", says Nordic Innovation’s Managing Director Svein Berg

The funded projects are:

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.

For more information, please contact:

Nina Egeli
Senior Innovation Adviser
+47 975 20 537

Ivar Josefsson
Innovation Adviser
+47 906 98 099

About Nordic Innovation

Nordic Innovation aims to make the Nordics a pioneering region for sustainable growth and works to promote entrepreneurship, innovation and competitiveness in Nordic business.

Nordic Innovation is an organization under the Nordic Council of Ministers - the official intergovernmental body for cooperation in the Nordic region. The Nordic cooperation consists of Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Iceland, in addition to the self-governing areas of Greenland, the Faroe Islands and Åland.


Nina Egeli - Senior Innovation Adviser

Nina Egeli

Senior Innovation Adviser
Internationalization, innovation and business development support, in combination with a strong background in strategy and policy development are main pillars in Nina’s professional life. Through project design and management, she aims to fit market needs with relevant services and opportunities that allows new business partnerships and business projects to prosper.

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