Helsinki’s Automotive Mobility Test Facility Opens

An automotive mobility test center has begun operations offering industry players real-world and digital twin test facilities.

Mobility Lab Helsinki says it can offer companies opportunities to develop and pilot new services and technologies. The center continues Helsinki’s long-standing work to create an urban testbed in the world for developers of smart mobility.

The digital twin of the traffic system provides a virtual representation of the system, the traffic environment and conditions. It combines a number of data sources provided by various operators and constantly updated information.

The digital twin can indicate the amounts of traffic, the structure of infrastructure or the need for maintenance, for example. Combining different data sources makes it possible to create innovations and added value. Potential parties that can make use of the digital twin include not only the transport industry but also other industries, such as trade, real estate and construction, logistics, tourism, analysis and city planning services and the developers of various AI solutions.

Project Manager Juho Kostiainen from the Economic Development Department of the City of Helsinki, said: “We want to make Helsinki the best place in the world to pilot and develop effective solutions based on traffic and mobility data.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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