Five Mobility Startups to Watch at Pioneers Mobility 2017

2017-01-19

Pioneers Mobility is a new event from the fantastic organizers behind the main festival Pioneers, who have decided to gather Automotive manufacturers and tech providers for meeting with the 50 most promising early-stage startups in artificial intelligence, smart transportation, autonomous driving and connected car technologies.

While we’re getting closer to the event, which is planned for 7-8 February 2017 in Munich, Germany, has picked five of the most noteworthy mobility startups to keep an eye on.

 

The Flying Car

Slovak startup AeroMobil makes use of technology previously limited to the defense industry, such as carbon fibre, advanced avionics, high-detail map digitization and control systems automation. It’s already completed tests and could hand over vehicles to its first customers as soon as next year.

AeroMobil’s founder Juraj Vaculik asks, “What could be more exciting than a flying car?” And if you’re not clear on the answer to that, check out the video that accompanied the AeroMobil launch at Pioneers Festival in 2014!

 

The Artificial Intelligence

With a single chip, the technology from AdasWorks can process a car’s camera and sensor data in real time. The AI system developed by Budapest-based entrepreneurs Arjen de Jong and Aaron D’Souza can reliably detect, understand and predict the environment around a vehicle. Startups like these are critical to the success of the self-driving technology.

 

The open-source electric car

No less a claim than ‘Uniti is coming to save the world’ adorns this ambitious Swedish company’s website. Their vehicle project is largely a hardware integration one, as they move towards a sustainable, efficient, electric city car that is far better suited to its purpose than today’s options. The team is documenting its technical journey in colorful fashion on its website.

 

The car-bike hybrid

The brainchild of entrepreneur Danny Kim, the C-1 from Lit Motors takes the best bits of car and motorcycle technology, blending them into a slim, two-wheeled hybrid that is perfect for city use. The fully-electric C-1 can balance itself, even at a standstill. A couple of years out from going to market and ahead of plans to make the C-1 self-driving, Kim says: “The C1 would work perfectly with the concept of ride-sharing, and if you pair this with autonomous driving, you have the perfect city transportation system.”

 

The rocket recycler

Maybe not your typical startup, in the sense that Elon Musk is behind it, SpaceX deserves a mention for its work with bringing rockets safely back to earth — as opposed to letting them drop into the sea. When its Falcon 9 rocket landed safely on a drone ship last year, it may have heralded a game-change for space travel. “This is another step towards the stars,” said Musk afterward, referring to the enormous cost drop that could result from reusing rockets.