June 24, 2020

DAILY BRIEF: Perfect greens, fuel from fries, high tech, smart driving, learning Finnish and travel

Perfect golf green
Soil Scout and GreenSight offer greenkeepers a helping hand worldwide.
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All the daily Finnish business news that works: Neste, Rapid Tampere, Rightware, Rovio, Very Finnish Problems, Soil Scout and Finnish travel industry make headlines.

Neste innovates with McDonald’s for renewable diesel, Rapid Tampere brings high-tech startups to Tampere, Rightware and LG collaborate on the new Cadillac Escalade, Rovio and Very Finnish Problems help to launch Duolingo in Finnish, Soil Scout finds a worldwide golf partner, and the Finnish travel industry goes virtual.

Neste turns cooking oil from McFries into renewable diesel

Renewable diesel from McFries cooking oil

Finnish company Neste has entered into a circular economy partnership with McDonald’s and HAVI in the Netherlands. The collaboration will see McDonald’s restaurants in the country recycle used cooking oil from French fries into Neste’s renewable diesel, which will fuel the HAVI trucks that deliver goods to McDonald’s. Neste’s renewable diesel can reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 90 per cent over its life cycle compared to fossil diesel. The cooking oil will be converted into renewable fuel at Neste’s Rotterdam refinery.

Neste

Rapid Tampere starts new round for high-tech firms

High technology collaboration in Tampere

Rapid Tampere, a collaboration programme based in Finnish city Tampere, will open a new global application round for high-technology companies in August. The programme was initiated successfully in 2019, with almost 350 applications from 46 different countries, and resulted in new collaborations between technology and industrial companies: Tampere-based Kalmar, Sandvik, Valmet and Caruna collaborated with innovative startups to create solutions to strategic challenges in their respective industries. The programme both offers a growth platform for the participating companies and supports the entire business ecosystem in the Tampere region and beyond.

Laura Vanzo

Rightware works with LG on new Cadillac Escalade

Cadillac Escalator display

Finnish company Rightware has collaborated with LG Electronics to develop an industry-first curved OLED display for the 2021 model of Cadillac Escalade. The luxury SUV comes with a seamless OLED screen with a 38-inch wide display that incorporates a wide array of controls and features for an advanced human-machine interface (HMI) experience. Rightware’s designers in Seoul and Detroit worked closely with LG Electronics on the design and implementation of the instrument cluster, control panel, infotainment screen, and head-up display (HUD). The HMI also features a rich graphical control application for the advanced-comfort front seats, which was created with Rightware’s Kanzi family of software.

General Motors

Language app Duolingo launches Finnish course

Duolingo in Finnish

Popular language app Duolingo has launched its Finnish course with help from Angry Birds-creator Rovio and Joel Willians, the man behind Very Finnish Problems. Willians is driving a playful campaign on language platform to find the “happiest word in the world”, a nod to rankings that consistently find Finns to be the happiest bunch on the planet. Rovio, meanwhile, is supporting Duolingo’s gamified approach to language learning. Duolingo said that Finnish was the “most requested language ever” and its target audience are the 500 000 people living in Finland who don’t speak Finnish natively, as well as millions of people around the world “who love Finnish culture” and may one day travel here.

Duolingo

Soil Scout partnership helps golf greenkeepers worldwide

Golf course from above

Soil Scout, the Finnish developer of a wireless underground soil monitoring solution, has announced a new equal distribution partnership with US-based GreenSight, a company providing autonomous aerial intelligence services for golf courses. The collaboration provides greenkeepers with an unparalleled above-and-below ground view of their golf courses and valuable insights to keep the greens in perfect shape. The equal partnership will see Soil Scout act as a reseller of the GreenSight TurfCloud product line in Europe, Asia, Australia and New Zealand, while GreenSight will act as Soil Scout’s distributor in the US.

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Finnish travel industry goes virtual during pandemic

Couple enjoying the Finnish archipelago

Finnish travel players are turning virtual to find new ways to engage with tourists during the coronavirus pandemic. Dive deeper into the subject with our feature article by clicking the headline.

Visit Finland / Emilia Hoisko

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