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Smart transport startups join Intelligent Mobility accelerator programme

A number of startups have joined an accelerator programme, with the goal of using new technologies to improve transport

Eight startups have become the first members of a new accelerator programme focused on smart transport, with innovation centre the Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) beginning the Intelligent Mobility initiative with startup accelerator Wayra UK.

The aim is to drive growth in the startups and use new technologies to improve the transport system. The programme covers areas of smart transport such as autonomous cars, connected infrastructure and analytics.

These companies will have a new workspace in Milton Keynes, along with mentoring from TSC and Wayra UK for six months. Startups will also have access to partners such as government agencies, universities and investors.

The startups will work with TSC’s team of specialists in artificial intelligence (AI), systems engineering, data science, and modelling and visualisation. Network Rail and software company ThoughtWorks will offer further support in the programme through coaching and access to their networks.

The companies in the accelerator offer a variety of smart transport solutions, including an on-demand coach service and analytics which can predict driver fatigue.

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Alex Weedon, TSC director of commercial, said the latest technologies can drive better transport and the startups can become market leaders in the field.

“Artificial intelligence, the internet of things, big data and automated technologies are opening up a world of new opportunities to make smarter, greener, more sustainable transport, which is better for everyone,” he said. “We hope many of these startups end up leading the way to this bright future.”

The full list of startups joining the accelerator

  • Drivernet: Offers a solution for delivery tracking into stores and aims to be more accurate than current telematics options.
  • Safr: Utilises an application, wearable technology and data to predict and prevent accidents caused by fatigue when driving.
  • GoMetro: Offers an application that provides information about train delays, changes and company press releases for commuters.
  • Cognitial: Infrastructure integrator that uses new technology solutions for driverless shuttle cars.
  • Zeelo: Offers a platform for travellers to book an on-demand coach service.
  • Synaptiv: Provides an analytics platform with data from a car’s sensors, so clients have a better insight into their customers and can reduce costs.
  • Valerann: Looking to develop smart road solutions that can communicate with autonomous cars.
  • Cityswifter: Uses previous data and predictive analytics to improve the bus transportation system.

Gary Stewart, director of Wayra UK, said he was surprised by the innovations from the startups and is convinced they will succeed. 

“We were blown away by the creativity and calibre of the applicants, and I have every confidence the customer-focused, data-driven startups we have selected will make transport a little less painful for all of us,” he said.

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