On December 7th, 2017 the World Alliance for Low Carbon Cities (WALCC) received funding from Business Finland for developing a new ecosystem: Autonomous Vehicles and Mobility services (AVM). This project aims to establish Finland as a leading innovation hub in transportation and mobility. Finland is already an acknowledged frontrunner in many technologies related to the transport sector, as evidenced by such examples as Valmet Automotive in electric vehicles, the Kutsuplus ridesharing pilot in Helsinki, Rightware as a pioneer in new interface technologies for cars, and MaaS Global and Kyyti as promising start-ups in the sector of mobility services. This trend will be further strengthened by the AVM ecosystem.
The ecosystem’s Anchor companies (ABB, Fortum, Ponsse, and Valmet Automotive) have integrated the ecosystem into their own strategies and are actively utilizing it as a means of developing new solutions and services to support their business. These Anchors were joined by a group of 12 SME companies, with their own approaches to the mobility-related market, and two city governments who offer an opportunity to connect the ecosystem’s development projects to concrete initiatives underway in the cities, such as the City of Lahti’s CitiCAP or the City of Turku’s CIVITAS Eccentric.

For more on the AVM ecosystem, please see the ecosystem’s website avm.walcc.org


Reframing City Districts (ReCiDi)

A research project conducted by the Universities of Turku and Tampere which aims to form a new conceptual framework which will help shape the collective identity and common vision necessary to realize the future low-carbon and sustainability targets.

Systemic Architectures for Sustainable Urban Innovation (SASUI)

An action learning and research project conducted by Aalto University and the University of Tampere which aimed to form a better understanding of the architectural requirements for successful innovation projects.