Eight startups have been named as the first members of a new accelerator programme focused on smart transport solutions.
Companies selected to join the six-month support programme include Cityswifter, which uses big data and predictive analytics to enable the dynamic scheduling and optimisation of urban bus networks.
Another start-up, GoMetro, creates transport technology systems with a focus on delivering mobility as a flexible service, while Conigital is an infrastructure integrator developing driverless vehicle platforms and related intelligent mobility solutions for high-traffic destinations.
The Intelligent Mobility (IM) Accelerator programme is a partnership between Transport Systems Catapult (TSC) and Wayra UK, a start-up accelerator that is part of Telefónica Open Future.
The selected start-ups will receive office space, coaching, mentoring, acceleration services, and access to the networks of TSC and Wayra UK, which include investors, government agencies, customers, large corporates and universities.
In addition, the programme is sponsored by technology consultancy ThoughtWorks and national railway infrastructure operator Network Rail, both of which will provide support to the start-ups including mentoring, coaching, and access to their expertise and networks.
Gary Stewart, director of Wayra UK and Telefónica Open Future (UK), commented: “Transportation is the bane of many people’s daily lives, and it doesn’t have to be that way. We were blown away by the creativity and calibre of the applicants, and I have every confidence that the customer-focused, data-driven start-ups we have selected will make transport a little less painful for all of us.”
Alex Weedon, TSC director of Commercial, added: “Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things, Big Data and automated technologies are opening up a whole world of new opportunities to make smarter, greener, more sustainable transport which is better for everyone. We hope many of these start-ups will end up leading the way to this bright future.”