Developing Sustainable Transport Solutions
Aviapolis Traffic Lab’s Official Business Area
A testbed was built in Aviapolis, Vantaa, where solutions were developed to reduce the need for private cars and parking spaces, and to streamline freight logistics. At the same time, an operating model for cities was created for the agile testing of new transport solutions.
Annual emission reduction potential is nearly 36 000 tonnes CO₂e, supposing the Aviapolis area will be developed so that personal cars’ share of commuting is only 15%.
→ Equals annual emissions of nearly 9 000 residents of Helsinki Region.
In 2018, 64% of people working in Aviapolis area primarily used personal car for commuting. Aviapolis area is growing to be a concentration of 60 000 workplaces.
What is it all about
The change project reduces traffic emissions through new urban logistics solutions that are quiet, safe and produce low emissions. Electrification, for example, reduces the use of fossil fuels and developing public transport reduces the number of private cars.
People’s mobility becomes easier as mobility services diversify and are developed in a user-driven manner. The project also supports Aviapolis’ vision of being a walkable district in terms of size.
Sustainable mobility, transport and logistics solutions are tested in a market-based manner, which provides opportunities for business development. Airport cities similar to Aviapolis are springing up around the world, so there is international demand for innovative solutions.
The Aviapolis testing area provides market-based experiences of new services, technologies and their applications.
The problems of urban areas similar to Aviapolis have so far been solved in silos, using yesterday’s methods. The change project creates a platform for encouraging, close-knit and open collaboration between businesses, cities and research institutes.
In the change project, an extensive corporate ecosystem implemented several pilots that enhanced mobility, transport and logistics in the Aviapolis area. An operating model was created in the project that allowed for flexible transport services to be created and tested under operating conditions. The intention was for the area’s transport to no longer be based solely on using private cars. Instead, public and private transport are combined with innovative solutions.
The project consisted of four work packages which, among other things, simulated reducing the need for parking spaces, piloted a simple ridesharing service, demonstrated the use of drones in package logistics and designed the electrification of the logistics terminal equipment.
The next steps
The Aviapolis area provides the perfect opportunity for development and market-based trials. The change project included actors from various sectors, from government agencies to businesses, which enabled the solutions to be holistic. The number of airport cities like Aviapolis is growing and their infrastructure is being actively developed. The tested solutions thus create significant export potential. The aim is to spread and replicate the innovations elsewhere in Finland, too.
Located near Helsinki Airport, Aviapolis is a growing employment and residential area, and a major hub for logistics operations: an extensive, diverse and ideal testbed for transport services. The development of the Aviapolis area requires the support of a consumer-friendly transport system that is sustainable in terms of environmental economics where the majority of journeys are made by foot, bicycle or public transport. New technologies and operating models also help consolidate the logistic, employment and residential area’s needs.
The Aviapolis Traffic Lab project received AIKO funding awarded by the Helsinki-Uusimaa Regional Council for launching regional innovations and trials. The project was led by the City of Vantaa and the project partners were Asuntosäätiö sr, Avainyhtiöt Oy, the City of Espoo, Fleetonomy.ai Oy, Fortum Power and Heat Oy, Forum Virium Helsinki Oy, the University of Helsinki, the Helsinki Regional Transport Authority (HSL), Cargotec Finland Oy, LAK Real Estate Oy, Niinivirta European Cargo Oy, Profium Oy, Siemens Mobility, Skyports Ltd, SRV Yhtiöt Oy, Steveco Oy, Tecinspire Oy, Telia Finland Oy, Vantaan Energia Oy, Veho Oy Ab, Liikennevirta Oy, VTT, and YIT Rakennus Oy. Other cooperation partners included ANS Finland, Easypark, the Port of Helsinki, the Finnish Meteorological Institute, Kalmar, the Finnish Transport Agency, the Finnish Transport Safety Agency Trafi, Nokia, and Sato Oy.
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