A half-dozen start-ups have completed a three-month innovation initiative operated by Nitrous London and Transport for London to help improve mobility in the UK capital. The young firms – Alchera Technologies, Blubel, Faxi, NumberEight, Pedals and TravelAi – are focusing on improving passenger experiences and reducing emissions, leaning on data-driven solutions.
Nitrous reports that the programme comprised 21 market validation sessions and 20 hours of contact time with TfL resulting in eight follow-up meetings with corporate programme ambassadors and the transport authority. Pilot opportunities are currently being scoped out by three of the start-ups.
“With more than 40% of Londoners using apps and websites to plan their journeys, these start-ups can make a real difference in helping Londoners choose to use public transport, walk and cycle,” says Val Shawcross, deputy Mayor for Transport.
“The public sector has a strong track record of working with the private sector to drive innovation,” says Michael Hurwitz, director of transport innovation at Transport for London. “In this new age of start-ups and tech hubs, it’s great that we have been able to support these exciting new products with our expertise and open data.”