Five consortia have succeeded in the first stage of the competition. In total, 16 companies from seven countries formed consortia. The countries are Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Norway and Spain. The five consortia invited for the first phase of the FABULOS pre-commerical procurement, namely Solution design, are:
The Saga consortium consists of the partners Halogen AS (Lead partner), Forus PRT AS and Ramboll Management Consulting AS from Norway as well as Spare Labs Inc from Canada. This team will build a safe, efficient, cost-effective and modular solution that is user centered at its core.
Regarding the field test of the autonomous fleet, the Saga consortium has designed a process that keeps people, service design and solution development at the core of the work at all time. The services that will be conceptualised, designed, developed and tested will enable an accessible and user-friendly self-service that makes it easier to choose public transport for all kinds of travellers. The vision is a vehicle-independent, user centric solution that is well integrated within any mobility service system. The process used is human-focused and agile, using methods from design thinking. The final solution is flexible and fits into future mobility needs, 100% autonomous and adapted to meet the weather conditions of the north.
Mobile Civitatem consortium
The Mobile Civitatem consortium consists of Estonian organisations: Modern Mobility AS (Lead partner), Fleet Complete Eesti, Silberauto Eesti AS and Tallinn University of Technology (TalTech) as well as Autonomous Mobility AS from Denmark. These organisations have joined efforts to design, develop and test smart systems and solutions that are capable of operating a fleet of self-driving minibuses in various urban environments as part of the overall traffic flow.
The FABULOS project contains three separate stages to achieve the objective. In the current Phase 1, Solution design, all components and functions needed for operating the fleet will be analysed, compared and mutually adjusted. Also, the final selection of the components and functions for the following testing phase will be made. The aim is not to develop a fully new solution, but to combine the existing ones to a whole that meets the requirements of the FABULOS procurement.
This French consortium consists of Kompaï (lead partner) and Actia. Kompaï’s 15 years of experience with similar projects, combined with the know-how of ACTIA – specialized in the design of solutions for automotive industry – offer a vast know-how and experience for the FABULOS project. The aim is to put together ACTIA Fleet modules and Kompaï Robotics’ onboard hardware and software to develop a complete and scalable system: a fleet of full autonomous vehicles integrated in transport systems of cities.
The solution covers existing fleets, and allows progressive introduction of driverless vehicles in the overall transport systems of cities. The goal is that the solution will first be demonstrated in a lab conditions and then deployed in two European cities for validation.
Sensible 4 – Shotl consortium
Sensible 4 Oy (Lead partner) from Finland and Shotl Transportation S.L. from Spain their expertise enabling the mobility of the future in urban, suburban and rural environments. Sensible4 has successfully developed and tested its driverless vehicles under the harsh conditions of the Nordic winters while Shotl is running a flexible on demand technology in decentral contexts of limited connectivity in the European South.
The consortium is building a fleet of autonomous all-electric drivetrain shuttle busses to provide mobility services. The aim is to test a fleet of three to four robot busses which are tested in two characteristically different cities. The technology for robot busses to operate on fixed routes – with the ability for end-user to hail or order the service on demand along the route – will be developed.
The Finnish consortium with Fortum Power and Heat Oy (Lead partner), VTT Technological Research Centre Oy and Fleetonomy.AI Oy gathers knowledge from the consortium members’ diverse experiences in autonomous mobility, fleet management, and vehicles charging. Common aspiration is to improve urban mobility.
More specifically, Fortum Power and Heat Oy will bring in project management expertise and knowledge of emerging wireless charging technologies that are currently studied within its Innovation and Venturing unit. VTT Technological Research Centre, which has many years of expertise in developing automated driving systems, contributes to the project by providing the consortiums with the technical competence necessary for creating the autonomous shuttle service. Furthermore, Fleetonomy.AI has capabilities in remote driving and fleet management systems for both electric vehicles and drones, which are valuable technologies when developing the commercial fleet of electric mini-buses.