BP and RocketSpace, founders of the Mobility Tech Innovation Collaborative, have selected four startups from Israel, U.K. and U.S. to test and explore partnerships with Avis Budget Group, IBM and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi.
The Collaborative for this has launched 12 week program. The program’s incoming cohort of startups represent a technologically diverse group of advanced mobility technologies from advanced parking solutions to artificial intelligence-driven fleet management, electric vehicle fleet planning and simulated reality.
There will be multiple real-world proof-of-concept (PoC) opportunities to test these products with corporates that could lead to expanded pilots, future partnerships or investments. BP recently invested $5 million in FreeWire, manufacturer of mobile rapid charging systems for electric vehicles, following its participation in the Mobility Tech Innovation Collaborative.
After reviewing hundreds of startups from around the world, the startups selected to pursue PoCs with the industry leaders are:
- Immense Simulations (Milton Keynes, U.K.) – Immense is a software company enabling intelligent mobility. Its software platform revolutionises how transport stakeholders use simulation to make fast informed decisions associated with the movement of people and goods around the transport system.
- Parkofon (Alexandria VA, U.S.) – Parkofon is the pioneering automated parking payment and guidance platform based on innovative GPS-based technology and Big Data analytics.
- Spark (Cambridge, U.K.) – Spark’s AI-based journey prediction software uses machine learning to help electric vehicles go further between charges using live data from the vehicle, driver and atmospherics. These more accurate predictions help overcome range anxiety and therefore drive greater adoption of electric vehicles by both businesses and consumers.
- Fleetonomy (Tel Aviv, Israel) – Fleetonomy offers artificial intelligence-based solutions to enable fleet owners, OEMs and mobility service providers to maximize their fleets by enhancing efficiency, generating more insights from their data, and creating new revenue streams by operating new smart mobility services.
New, tested solutions will be presented at a Demo Day in December. Startups participating the Mobility Tech Innovation Collaborative are not required to give up equity.