Smart Mobility

Smart mobility companies, join us and kick-start your development activities! We offer the possibility to test and develop new smart transport and mobility solutions in the real urban environment and together with residents.

What do the test platform activities offer to smart mobility companies?

Helsinki is known as a forerunner in smart mobility whether it’s related to open data and APIs, new services, or automation. We have a long history in opening and exploiting data, lots of high-tech experts, as well as a functional and enabling environment for testing and implementing new solutions. New services and technologies are developed and piloted together with the city, companies, researchers, and residents.

Smart mobility testbed activities are based on the Mobility Lab Helsinki project where the Jätkäsaari District and West Harbour areas serve as a testbed for smart mobility pilots.

What kind of solutions are we developing?

The smart mobility testbed activities offer opportunities for a variety of actors, from startups seeking their first references to large companies and researchers. The tested solutions should work towards smoother and safer traffic and mobility, as well as combat the negative impacts of poor air quality and emissions. In addition, the solutions should provide novelty value as well as new information and insights.

In the center of the pilots are digital solutions and smart services – be it IoT solutions, artificial intelligence, MyData, data production or analysis services, the development of the traffic situational picture or new mobility devices. The target audience can be the end-users, businesses, or the public sector.

From 2022 onwards, our main focus area is digital twins: more efficient and better use of traffic and transport data together with other data from the built environment and city models.

Supporting and facilitating piloting

We support the development and piloting of new solutions through different means. These include:

  • finding the right people in the city organization for implementing pilots and assessing their usefulness
  • finding suitable locations for implementing pilots from the urban environment and streets
  • helping resident engagement and supporting communication and visibility of the pilots
  • a collaborative meeting space and networking at the startup center Maria 01
  • occasional open calls for agile pilots

We primarily promote the piloting of business-driven ideas and solutions through the enabling testbed environment and collaboration. Piloting companies are not funded by the Mobility Lab, apart from the exception of open calls for agile pilots, in which piloting costs are reimbursed to the actors with the best proposals. Also, smart mobility testbed does not function as a by-pass for public procurement. Nonetheless, we are happy to facilitate the widest possible implementation for the best of solutions together with our partners.

Photo: Jussi Hellsten

More information

More information on the activities and opportunities can be found from the Mobility Lab Helsinki website. Activities are coordinated by Business Helsinki together with the City’s innovation company, Forum Virium Helsinki.

If you are developing a product or service you’d wish to test in the real urban environment, please contact us!


Want to hear more?

  • Juho Kostiainen

  • Project Manager
    Mobility Lab Helsinki
    City of Helsinki
    Business Helsinki, Innovation services