Six UK and international start-ups have been selected as part of a new innovation programme to keep London moving. Transport for London is partnering with Nitrous Partners to launch a three month programme to assist these fast-growing start-ups to reduce congestion on public networks and lowering the levels of pollution. By providing access to unique data from government and industry, it is hoped that these start-ups will innovate without the need for additional investment. The programme will deliver market validation and procurement knowledge to ensure their success.
"There’s no shortage of fantastic ideas in the UK, but achieving commercialisation in the public sector is arguably the biggest challenge for startups – with society ultimately losing out."
Stuart Reid, Director of Travel Demand Management at Transport for London, ( @TfL ) said: “As London grows and changes, we are continually looking for new ways to help our customers and extract better value from our open-data feed. I look forward to seeing the innovation and ideas that these startups generate and develop throughout this exciting initiative.”
Nitrous is a programme developed by Tech City Ventures ( @TechCityVenture ) that inspires and initiates effective collaboration between start-ups and local government. Similarly, Tech City Ventures is a network of companies with a shared vision to accelerate sustainable innovation.
This initiative is the first time Nitrous has worked with Transport for London and together they have called upon a range of industry ambassadors including C-level executive from Vodafone, Aston Martin and IBM. Each company will be able to gain first-hand access to the new technologies while sharing their expertise to support the young businesses.
George Johnston, CEO of Tech City Ventures, said: “There’s no shortage of fantastic ideas in the UK, but achieving commercialisation in the public sector is arguably the biggest challenge for startups – with society ultimately losing out. With Nitrous, we’re uniquely positioned to match market-leading innovation with some of the biggest challenges of today, all whilst ensuring the best return for government.
“Tackling mobility is critical to London’s growth and something we all experience first-hand whilst navigating the capital. It’s an exciting place to begin in the smart city model and we’re excited to be working with the world’s leading transport authority to make an impact.”
The start-ups include Alchera Technologies, NumberEight and Travel AI, which call upon artificial intelligence and machines to analyse travel data for people who move through the city.
Whilst the remaining three start-ups which were shortlisted from 300 applicants were Blubel – a sat nav for bikes, employee car-sharing app Faxi and on-demand bike delivery firm Pedals.
Alchera Technologies - Real time data for safer, cleaner, less congested cities. Alchera is a computer vision and machine learning platform that powers smart cities, intelligent infrastructure and transport systems across the UK, EU and worldwide.
Blubel - Blubel is the cycling navigator powered by community wisdom. Satnav in a bicycle bell; it navigates every turn and learns from the cycling community to find the safest routes.
Faxi - Faxi is a unique smartphone app and technology platform which enables organisations to encourage employee ridesharing through incentivised priority parking.
NumberEight- NumberEight is developing artificial intelligence software to contextualise the next generation of IoT and mobile devices. Its software senses, learns and adapts to the world around us by harnessing sensors present in devices to intelligently tailor and personalise user experiences. It is currently focused on applying this technology to the smart mobility and transportation sectors.
Pedals - Pedals provides quick, on demand deliveries by bicycle commuters, transporting products with care and precision. It emphasises personal interactions, a human-to-human service and the value of hand-delivered packages with zero emissions.
TravelAi - TravelAi crowdsources and analyses travel behaviour data to provide actionable insights for transport professionals, and tools to help improve customer experiences. Its smartphone software automatically detects routes and modes of transport without any user input, before applying machine learning and modelling techniques to build transport analytics across everything from foot through to flight, across the UK and beyond.
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