Roles and objectives of research partners

The Living Lab Bus project supports and enables the development of mobility services through an open test environment. The research project is done in co-operation between VTT, Aalto, UTA and TUT.

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland Ltd.

VTT produces researched knowledge about implementation, operation and management models for open co-development and test environments and the challenges and solutions for them. Besides sustainable test environments, VTT studies new value networks and business concepts for producing new service solutions together with multiple stakeholders. VTT’s research in the project also includes evaluation and verification of services from the providers’ point of view, impact assessment for the development environment, and studies on technologies and verification of solutions related to intelligent automation and electrification in transport services. VTT is in charge of the technical specifications for the research environment and the coordination of the research project.

Tampere University of Technology

Tampere University of Technology is responsible for the end-user involvement to develop and evaluate the transportation services in the LLB experimentation environment. Based on the needs of end-user and other stakeholders, we will develop an evaluation framework that is used to measure the user experience and effectiveness of the trialed services. TUT is also responsible for sensor and positioning solutions that will provide measurement data about the comfort of transportation. The research will produce information, solutions and design guidelines that can be used to develop services also for the global transportation markets.

University of Tampere

University of Tampere (UTA) studies interactive services within the development and experimentation environment. These services aim for as seamless and rich user experience as possible. UTA conceptualizes and experiments interactive passenger services which can be applied widely in different contexts. The research emphasizes co-development, and the project will include a large-scale involvement of students and other active users in the development of the services. The service evaluation framework produced in the project will be tested with a large number of participants, and it will be applied to companies’ solutions based on the testing. The produced solutions and methods provide concrete tools for designing, implementing and evaluating new services, as well as enable large-scale national and international utilization.