The mobility and transportation space is ripe for a revolution! Indeed, growing urbanization and the increasing traffic congestion in cities has brought about many environmental and personal mobility challenges. Last week, the Global Open Innovation Network convened more then 75 investors, startups, large corporations and key opinion leaders to discuss innovative solutions that might help solve some of those problems. Representatives from BMW, Mercedes, Procter and Gamble, La poste, BNP, Airbus, Siemens, GSK Vaccines, Shell, Analog Devices, Cisco, AAA, Auchan Retail, Tesla, Societe General, Sopra, Verizon, Samsung, Cisco, Valeo, PWC, PSA, Uber, Air France were in attendance.

The event kicked off with a panel discussion featuring:

  • Gerry Tierney, Associate Principal at Perkins+Will
  • Alexei Andreev, Co-founder and Managing Director at Autotech Ventures
  • Joe Polastre, Head of Product, Altiscope at A3 by Airbus
  • Marc Amblard, Founder and Managing Director at Orsay Consulting (Moderator)

Given today’s challenges and the proliferation of new forms of mobility (electric, autonomous and connected vehicles, shared mobility) the future of car ownership and the way people and goods move within a city will look very different. As more private cars are taken off the road, city spaces can be repurposed and urban areas designed around people. This involves a significant transformation and will rely on public-private partnerships between all stakeholders from government policy-makers, to municipalities, technology firms and innovative entrepreneurs. Perkins+Will has actually been working with Lyft and Nelson/Nygard to reimagine a full ecosystem of transit options for Los Angeles.

The transportation revolution will not only happen on our streets, but also in the air. A3 by Airbus is transforming urban commute by making urban air travel affordable and accessible. Vahana is one of these projects. It is a self-piloted, electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) passenger aircraft aimed to be used by everyday commuters as a cost-competitive replacement for medium-range urban transportation like cars or trains. Vahana can be an air taxi, but it can also be used as a cargo delivery platform, ambulance, search and rescue, mobile hospital, limousine, or even as a tool to deploy modular infrastructure in disaster sites. New airborne mobility solutions such as these are still in their infancy and will require significant regulatory changes and safety requirements.

Revolutionizing the transportation industry also requires significant capital and an opportunity for entrepreneurs to develop their solutions. Autotech Ventures was founded to help passionate entrepreneurs deploy revolutionary transportation technologies and business models. Autotech Ventures manages $120 million and invests in cutting-edge ground transportation startups.

This deep and broad transformation of the global mobility ecosystem is impacting products, services, business models and the way the various stakeholders interact. Incumbents, whether car and aircraft OEMs or their suppliers, are still learning how to best leverage the new players, whether they be major tech companies or startups. In parallel, the latter are progressively realizing the complexity of this well-oiled industry. Orsay Consulting advises and mentors startups in gaining traction in the mobility space and assists corporates in understanding and connecting with the Silicon Valley-based mobility ecosystem.

Some of the groundbreaking startups working in this space were featured at the event and had an opportunity to meet with members of the Global Open Innovation Network to delve into their solutions in more detail and explore potential collaboration opportunities.

The 9 startups that presented were:

CLEM offers an electro-mobility platform with the unique capability of combining electric car sharing, car-pooling and charging reservation. In addition, Clem’ manages the power to optimize the energy impact on the Grid, making its platform the eco-mobility partner of every Smart City.

OPEN DATA SOFT is an easy-to-use SAAS enabling anyone regardless of technical skills to aggregate, visualize and share all kind of data, coming from multiple sources.

SWIFT NAVIGATION offers hardware and software that makes GPS positioning technology available for autonomous vehicle and device guidance.

MODELWAY is a software engineering company focused in design and development of tailored services for modeling, prediction and automatic control of complex systems.

SHONE retrofits existing cargo ships with autonomous and remote control technologies.

SWIFTMILE is tackling the first and last mile problem in transportation. Swiftmile is creating a network of solar powered eBike hubs for first, last mile commuters.

LYLE-CITY  empowers urban mobility. They integrate multiple datas regarding flows in cities and help visualize movements as they happen. Their tools synthesize the impact of public policies, incidents and social events on one urban ecosystem in the simplest way.

NAUTO is an autonomous vehicle technology system that offers an artificial intelligence-powered connected camera network and smart cloud system for its clients. It identifies dangers and alerts the drivers, and provide coaching and feedback at the end of trips. Nauto’s real-time sensors and visual data help fleet managers detect and understand the cause of accidents and reduce false liability claims.

RLOOP is a non profit, open source, online think tank with a network of talents and resources that span the globe developing the Hyperloop. rLoop is decentralizing high technology, starting with the Hyperloop.


Join us in Paris on November 16 for our next event around Smart Mobility and in San Francisco on November 15 for our Techmeeting on Robotics.