The UK’s Transport Systems Catapult has announced a number of new small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups that will join its Intelligent Mobility Accelerator.
The Intelligent Mobility Accelerator is a partnership between the Transport Systems Catapult, the UK’s research and innovation centre pursuing connected and autonomous transport and open transport data, and Wayra UK, a start-up accelerator and subsidiary of Telefónica Open Future which helps to launch innovative new businesses in the transport sector.
The businesses that will benefit from the accelerator represent a broad variety of innovative transport technologies, including smart parking, fleets of autonomous vehicles and blockchain-enabled mobility solutions.
Which companies have been chosen to join the Intelligent Mobility Accelerator?
The businesses taking part in the second cohort of the accelerator include:
- ALBORA Technologies
- Appy Parking
- Dazzle Technologies Ltd
- Delphisonic INC
- Predina Tech Ltd
- Spark EV Technology Ltd
- TravelAi Ltd
- Unmanned Life
Among the innovations being pursued are a natural language global smart ticketing platform, developed by Dazzle Technologies, which can be integrated into a variety of systems by travel operators, and an artificial intelligence solution which can predict and detect mechanical problems in trains to avoid accidents and derailments.
How will these projects benefit from the accelerator?
According to the Transport Systems Catapult’s director of SME strategy, Alex Weedon, the businesses chosen represent those with the most transformative potential across intelligent transport.
Weedon said: “We are very excited to welcome such a diverse group of promising businesses to the IM Accelerator. We had a large number of quality applications which allowed our judges to choose a group which really represents the scope and ambition of the thriving SME and Start-up community currently working in transport in the UK. We’ll be aiming to put these businesses on the map globally and I believe we have a great group of partners for this intake to help them get there.”