The sixth edition of Mobility Lab, the startup program in the field of mobility, has successfully concluded. This year, 19 companies participated, selected from 41 applications from the Netherlands and abroad. After speed dates with launching customers, several startups secured a collaboration with a first client, during which they will get to test their innovations, gain crucial information, and take big steps in their development.
The startups Student Mobility, Appacar, Scenwise, Green Caravan, Buus, Real-Time Road Inspection, Wingdriver, and Levante, described below, have secured a pilot or field test with a first client. Several other Mobility Lab participants are still working hard to secure interest in their services.
Student Mobility provides mobility solutions for international students in the Netherlands, making the sustainable choice to use public transportation enticing and easy. Together with Tilburg University, they are working on a pilot in which the mobility solutions will be tested by students.
Startup Appacar provides delivery of shared electric cars to companies and individuals, on-demand and at their doorstep. This results in fewer cars on the street, reducing the need for parking and freeing up space that can be filled with high-value services. Appacar is starting a pilot in cooperation with several cities, including Tilburg and Helmond.
Startup Scenwise‘s unique algorithm can distinguish between traffic congestion and accidents. This can significantly speed up the incident management process, reduce traffic fatalities, and through early activation of detour routes, also reduce congestion. Far-reaching discussions are underway with the province of North Brabant, among others, to test Scenwise’s algorithm.
Green Caravan, Appacar
Startup Green Caravan is developing 100% fossil-free charging hubs for electric cars and trucks. Together with the municipality of Barendrecht and MobilityHub, they are starting a pilot through which a covered charging plaza with shared electric cars and a solar roof will be developed. Startup Appacar is also joining this pilot, and will take care of delivery of the shared cars to customers in the nearby area.
Buus‘ platform helps companies organize and automate group transportation of their employees. In this way, routes can be efficiently planned, and the accessibility of the company for employees is increased. Buus is getting started with a pilot in the Port of Rotterdam, where they will work together with shipping company ECT to organize and improve their shuttle transport.
Real-Time Road Inspection
Real-Time Road Inspection provides up-to-date images of the condition of Dutch roads and public spaces. This promotes maintenance efficiency, and therefore road quality, without needing to deploy additional road inspectors. Together with traffic school Verkeersschool Koos van der Bilt, Real-Time Road Inspection has started a partnership in which several of the traffic school’s teaching cars are equipped with a built-in dashcam. Real-Time Road Inspection is also in talks with a South Holland launching customer about equipping collection trucks with 360-degree cameras.
The smart technology from American startup Wingdriver can monitor the facial expressions of car drivers in real time. When the driver is in danger of falling asleep, for example, the technology will alert him or her. Together with a well-known insurer, Wingdriver is testing the technology with the help of a small group of car drivers.
Italian startup Levante is making renewable energy accessible everywhere through a smart and foldable solar panel. The origami-inspired solar panels are compact and therefore highly mobile and convenient to carry. Levante will soon collaborate with consulting firm Enerless on a pilot in the field of sustainable and green energy.