Transport for London is the first organisation to sign up to Bosch’s newly opened London Connectory urban incubator
Transport for London (TfL) has signed up as the first collaborator in Bosch’s urban mobility incubator.
Bosch’s newly opened London Connectory, based in Shoreditch, is a co-innovation space open to partners from the public, private and academic sectors, from start-ups to multinational organisations. Its goal is to develop smart mobility solutions for the UK capital.
Bosch has also partnered with Nitrous, a platform that facilitates projects between the private sector, start-ups and government.
TfL has begun an 18-month collaboration with Bosch to explore how the goals set out in the Mayor’s Transport Strategy can be addressed. These include seeing more efficient, greener and safer vehicles on the capital’s roads, reducing congestion and working towards 80 per cent of all trips across London being made on foot, by bicycle or by public transport by 2041.
“As part of the Mayor’s Transport Strategy, we are constantly looking for ways to improve London’s transport network and our customers’ experience of it," said Michael Hurwitz, director of innovation at TfL.
“This collaboration with Bosch will allow us to work with the next generation of innovators and small businesses early on. By working with market leading innovators, we aim to tackle some of the crucial issues that the city faces, from greener and safer vehicles to encouraging more active lifestyles.”
As part of its wide-ranging strategy to develop mobility service propositions, Bosch created its Connected Mobility Solutions division last year. This new division brings together about 650 associates from across the world to develop and sell digital mobility services, including vehicle-sharing, ride-sharing, and connectivity-based services for car drivers.
"Cities cannot meet the challenges created by urbanisation alone and such partnerships will play an increasingly important role in developing innovative solutions that are commercially and environmentally sustainable"
The Connectory is part of an evolving global brand with offices established by Bosch in Chicago, Stuttgart, Guadalajara and now London opens focusing on solutions for tomorrow’s urban mobility.
"Cities cannot meet the challenges created by urbanisation alone and such partnerships will play an increasingly important role in developing innovative solutions that are commercially and environmentally sustainable," said Arun Srinivasan, executive vice president Bosch Mobility Solutions UK.
“We believe that a close collaboration between mobility professionals from established companies, authorities and start-ups will accelerate the development of technologies, products and services that have a positive impact on city life”.
London’s chief digital officer, Theo Blackwell, said London’s longstanding leadership in transport and city-wide open data creates the perfect platform for new collaborations with the tech sector.
He added: “We want to do even more to utilise data and smart technology to meet the needs of our citizens. To do this we need to be bold and think big, and this involves being willing to try new ways of doing things.
"I’m confident that Connectory will be an important part of London’s future as a global test-bed for civic innovation, where the best ideas are developed and scaled.”
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