The FABULOS consortium warmly welcomes you to the Open Market Consultation event to Helsinki. The aim of the consultation is to gain market insight on state of the art and future developments in the field of automated mini-buses. In order to achieve this, the tender specifications need to be refined and repositioned in cooperation with the procurers, potential suppliers, bus manufacturers and other specialists in the fields of automated vehicles and urban public transport.

The Open Market Consultation will be held at the Helsinki City Hall on 26 April 2018 (address: Aleksanterinkatu 20, 00170 Helsinki). Please register for the event with the form below by 18 April 2018.

Programme (CEST+1)

13.00–13.30 Registration and coffee

13.30–13.40 Welcome by Helsinki city representative

13.40–13.50 Introduction to FABULOS
Pekka Koponen, Development Director Smart City, Forum Virium Helsinki

13.50–14.00 The challenge
Renske Martijnse-Hartikka, Coordinator FABULOS, Forum Virium Helsinki

14.00–14.15 FABULOS requirements and specifications
Oscar Nissin, Robotbus Project Manager, Metropolia University of Applied Sciences

14.15–14.30 Field testing for service validation
Ulla Tikkanen, Technical Project Manager FABULOS, Forum Virium Helsinki

14.30–14.45 Pre-Commercial Procurement process
Hugo Goncalves, Pre-Commercial Procurement Specialist, Forum Virium Helsinki

14.45–15.00 Questions

15.00–15.20 Coffee break

15.20–16.20 Parallel break-out sessions
Various smaller groups to discuss the FABULOS challenge and the field testing approach in two 30-minute sessions. Separate parallel 60-minute session for procurers.

16.20–17.00 Supplier pitches
Up to 8 Suppliers (Pre-registration via Forum Virium Helsinki required)

17.00–17.15 Wrap-up and next steps
Renske Martijnse-Hartikka, Coordinator FABULOS, Forum Virium Helsinki

17.15–18.00 Drinks and networking


Session 1: Service concept and design

Key questions to be discussed in 30 minutes:

  • Is the challenge innovative enough and 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?
  • What would be the most relevant evaluation criteria?

Session 2: Field testing and commercialisation

Key questions to be discussed in 30 minutes:

  • The FABULOS solution should be tested in a real-life, urban environment. What should be included of the service level agreement?
  • What would the most suitable business model for the FABULOS solution?
  • What is the market’s view on having two different use cases: one demand-driven route and one fixed route?

Session 3: Procurer session

Key questions to be discussed in 60 minutes:

  • Is the scope of the FABULOS pre-commercial procurement challenge clear and realistic?
  • Is the FABULOS vision for the mobility service believable?
  • What would be the most relevant evaluation criteria?
  • Why should procurers follow the FABULOS project?