The FABULOS Open Market Consultation, as announced in the Prior Information Notice on TED on 31 January 2018, is a preparation on a pre-commercial procurement challenge and request for tender. In September 2018, an international request for tender will be launched to acquire systems capable of operating fleets of automated minibuses within urban areas. All companies or consortia can apply, with the provision that at least 50% of the R&D needs to take place in the EU or Associated Countries.

Successful procurement requires involving the technology companies and consortia from early on, to gain market insight on state of the art and future developments in the field of automated mini-buses. In order to achieve this, series of Open Market Consultation events are organised to refine and reposition the tender specifications.

Market Consultation events and webinars

During the Open Market Consultation events, the FABULOS challenge, vision and scope are presented alongside the pre-commercial procurement process. The Open Market Consultation events are especially targeted for suppliers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs, start-ups and other experts, who are able to consult in the following domains: Bus manufacturing and operations, software development (including smart routing ja fleet management), hardware (including sensors, radars and batteries),  public transport operations and Mobility as a Service

During the Open Market Consultation there were two international events held, one in Helsinki on the 26 April and another in Brussels on 14 May 2018.  Additionally, there were two webinars; first was held on 10 April 2018 and the second on 22 May.

The presentation for the first webinar, held on 10 April 2018, is downloadable via this link. The Helsinki Open Market Consultation presentations are available for downloads here and the Brussels Open Market Consultation presentation are available here.

Expected results and outputs

On the basis of the results of the Open Market Consultation the Procuring Partners will determine and fine-tune the scope of the request for tender and the evaluation criteria for the pre-commercial procurement. Therefore, during the Open Market Consultation, the Procuring Partners expect to gain insight on the following questions:

  • What is currently on the market (state-of-the-art)?
  • Is the FABULOS challenge innovative enough?
  • Is the gap between the state-of-the-art industry solutions and the FABULOS challenge wide enough to justify R&D services of 5,5 Million Euros?
  • Is the scope of the FABULOS pre-commercial procurement challenge clear and realistic?
  • Is the FABULOS vision for the mobility service believable?
  • What is the most relevant evaluation criteria?
  • Can companies work with the vision of the operating system as defined by the Procuring Partners?
  • What skills and competences need to be presented by the companies responding to the challenge?
  • Which companies should response to the FABULOS challenge?

All communication and questions concerning Open Market Consultation, its format and/or content should be addressed to Forum Virium Helsinki, Lead Contracting Authority by e-mail to [email protected]. For transparency reasons, questions by telephone will not be answered.

Additional information:
Conditions and terms
Budget for pre-commercial procurement
Open Market Consultation – Surveys
Questions & Answers