These 13 mobility startups aim to bring sustainability in Europe in 2019 – Silicon Canals

As the mobility industry has grown considerably and undergone a drastic transformation, many players in the automotive industry are trying different options and changing the way people do business. These mobility players provide a multi-modal and flexible transport system with ample customisation options. Basically, these mobility companies focus on achieving a sustainable future in the transportation industry that benefits users and the environment.

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Mobility Lab was launched three years ago as an initiative of the Transport Company. And, SmartwayZ.NL (southern Netherlands), SE Smart Access (Brabant) and Hague joined this initiative. After three successful editions, the Mobility Lab 2019 edition is here and fourteen startups were selected for the pilot phase in March this year. Here is the list of 13 startups that reached the finish line of the third edition of Mobility Lab.

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Founders: Vincent Wegener, Gerard Simons, Gerard Kruisheer
Founded year: 2018

Why its hot: Captain AI is an ultimate trained captain. Organisations that have a necessity for autonomous ships need an extensively trained auto-pilot to handle real-world situations. The real-world training is time-consuming, expensive and also involves a lot of operational resources. This is where Captain AI comes to play as it lets customers implement auto-pilot faster at a relatively lesser cost with its solution.

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Cargoroo (Amsterdam)

Founders: Jaron Borensztajn, Erik de Winter, Jelle Maijer
Funding: €700k
Founded year: 2017

Why its hot: Cargoroo offers shared electric cargo bikes in the urban environments. The shared e-cargo bikes offer an essential solution to move both kids and cargo around town. It does this with its fun, sustainable, healthy and fast alternative to owning a car and also urban logistics. These electric cargo bikes are available at fixed locations and can be rented via the app. As of now, around 50 tricycles are being tested in The Hague by 1,300 users.

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DeltaTower (Raamsdonksveer)

Founders: Cees den Boer
Founded year: 2009

Why its hot: DeltaTower provides modular systems for mobile telecommunications such as signage and matrix boards. The startup recently launched a pilot for Telenet Group in Leuven. The company designs and manufactures a unique range of rooftop towers and poles for mobile network operators. Its products feature lightweight structures and are made of high strength alloy. It is an innovative and superior alternative to the conventional steel structures that are used widely.

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PART (The Hague)

Why its hot: PART provides a toolbox for groups of residents who want to share vehicles. It facilitates them to set up a cooperative to share cars and all the necessary documents for the same. The Hague is the first cooperative and the company wishes to set up five such cooperatives in The Hague and Rotterdam each.

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Why its hot: is a unique sharing and mobility product offering a user-friendly and location-driven solution. It uses a modular and 100% electric vehicle mix from scooters to commercial vehicles at various component points. By adapting the mix to the mobility requirement per location, the company services users optimally.

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eVoltify (Utrecht)

Founders: Antonio Fajardo

Why its hot: eVoltify was born out of the desire to make electric car charging convenient while promoting an environmentally-friendly mode of transportation. The company provides a game-changing opportunity to make the charging process seamless with its mobile charging equipment meant for electric cars when the vehicles are parked on the streets. Users can submit a charging request via a smartphone for the special equipment to begin the charging process.

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Fesla (Delft)

Founders: Christiaan van Nispen

Why its hot: With Fesla, it is possible to share e-bikes that can be charged even without contact with the loading tile. The company makes contactless charging for e-bikes possible using the Fesla bicycle. Notably, e-bikes can be recharged easily. The company wants to run a pilot project with a logistics or municipality organisation that eyes to tackle the proliferation of electric bikes.

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Fimilo (Eindhoven)

Why its hot: Fimilo is a light electric cargo vehicle that can move a load of 500 kilos across all European cycle paths. In the operational area, costs are saved because time is saved in delivery routes and transfer points for goods. Fimilo focuses primarily on building, parcel and express companies.

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IM Efficiency (Heerlen)

Founder: Martijn Ildiz

Why its hot: IM Efficiency wants to create sustainable mobility technologies of tomorrow. With a passion to improve efficiency in the road freight transportation industry, the company has come up with a solar system for trucks that will promote sustainable freight transport. Already, the company has realised a number of tests at Emons.

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LightMotion (Amsterdam)

Founders: Peter-Paul Metz
Founded year: 2008

Why its hot: LightMotion develops streetlights with smart technology, including charging points for electric cars. The first three posts are put into production and placed in December in Rotterdam and tested together with the municipality of Rotterdam.

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Mobility Sensing (Hilversum)

Founders: Jan Willem Smeenk
Founded year: 2016

Why its hot: Mobility Sensing operates with the ambition to realise the Internet of Things in traffic and transport, sensing every aspect of the transport infrastructure, vehicles using transport networks, and the flow of people and goods through the networks. Its networks use open source hardware and software and low power data communication networks letting us deploy and operate new sensor networks that collect ever more detailed traffic and transport data for existing and new applications.

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Peazy (Netherlands)

Founders: Mahul Bhattacharya, Sakyabrata Dutta
Founded year: 2016

Why its hot: Peazy works with cities to make parking more transparent and puts policy planners in control of their parking assets. The algorithm works on a city’s parking data-collected from parking meters, scan cars and payment apps, to generate a futuristic view of parking in the city and more. At the same time, planners can use the Peazy algorithm to generate a live parking guidance system.

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Bird (US)

Founders: Travis VanderZanden
Funding: €627 million
Founded year: 2017

Why its hot: Electric scooters part on ritbasis and reservation via an app. Bird awaiting approval from RDW and can then immediately start in a number of municipalities. Bird is already present in numerous markets, therey putting an end to your search.

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