| January 12, 2017


(16.9.27, 5:00 -7:30 pm, at Techstars, 2000 Brush St, Detroit)

Techstars Mobility Accelerator, Driven by Detroit, focuses on the rapidly changing mobility and transportation industry. Companies that come through it include software, hardware and advanced materials businesses building technologies that will power the efficient movement of people, goods and services across all modes of transportation. These companies and other local enterprises and SMEs heard from and shared their work with the visiting European MaaS delegation, and explored opportunities for collaboration and joint ventures.

See agenda for the day


Summary of presentations

Cory Hohs (HAAS Alert)

  • Key Desires:
    • Emergency response technology – connected siren & ‘safety cloud’
    • Users: drivers, emergency & first responders, city-goers
    • Supports first responders since accidents are uncommon when responding to calls
    • Audible warnings (passive) come through system so drivers can be aware of emerging emergency services
    • Pairs with “in-dash car units and helmets”
  • Opportunities:
    • Technology is easily implemented into emergency vehicles by using velcro exc.
    • The collected data alone can support a number of outside users (i.e. City of Chicago)
    • Easy to setup and install
    • Partners with emergency services (fire departments, ambulances, municipalities)
  • Barriers:
    • Only available for iOS users?
    • Perceived security & privacy  threats (data)


Stefanie Lemcke (GoKid)

  • Key Desires:
    • Users volunteer for carpool shifts and allows open slots
    • Automated reminders, GPS backing of cars, live mapping, route optimization
    • Family profiles and photos
    • In app messaging
    • Reduces cost, congestion, and time spent driving for parents
  • Opportunities:
    • Free for users – free service
    • Supports safety concerns for parents
    • Lack of bus systems and road congestion (especially in areas with many schools)
    • Allows parents to be more productive when not driving kids
    • People already carpool, but this encourages and makes it easy to manage
    • For schools, team sports, community activities
  • Barriers:
    • Cannot serve people who do not have smart phones
  • Next steps:
    • Working directly with schools
    • Web use coming soon?
    • Beyond supporting kids?
    • Can be used for work settings?
    • Android users?


Sameer Saproo (BRAIQ)

  • Key Desires:
    • Technology that can provide a personalized experience in autonomous vehicles
    • Car learns from preference of user
    • Foster trust in autonomous vehicle
    • Facilitate ‘function and human usability’ in autonomous experience
    • Emotional intelligence + Artificial intelligence
  • Opportunities:
    • Uses in-cabin sensors to provide passenger data (biometric data)
    • Develops the human experience within autonomous travel
    • Supports personalized travel through technology
  • Next steps:
    • Personalized adaptive cruise control (q3 – 2017)
    • Lane keep assistance (q4 – 2017)
    • Autonomous ride quality assessment tool (ARQAT, q3 – 2018)
    • Digital chauffeur (q3 2019)


Nick Sarafa (SPLT)

  • Key Desires:
    • Targets enterprises –
      • Match with coworkers to share rides, creates community
      • Can track Co2, gas, miles & other metric
    • Partners include municipalities, corporations, universities
    • Provides reliable & affordable mobility access
  • Opportunities:
    • Supports urbanizing cities where employers and businesses struggle to offer employee parking
    • Supports people’s work commutes who may not own a car in cities with little public transit options
  • Barriers:
  • Next steps:
    • Non-medical emergency services


Emilia Vahvelainen (Siili Solutions)

  • Key Desires:
    • Innovative service providers from Finland
    • Software developer & service design & integrator
  • Opportunities:
    • Digitalization
    • Globalization
    • Co-creation of value
  • Barriers:
  • Next steps:
    • Expanding operations to the US


Madeline Zhu (WhereIsMyTransport)

  • Key Desires:
    • Centralizes transport data & operators to make information available
    • Updates in real time
    • Supports cities, mobility developers & users
      • “Transport operators have the data, riders need the information”
      • Work directly with cities by bringing in partners
    • Builds data in areas where transport information isn’t accessible or complete
    • Allows cities and businesses to ‘tap in’, facilitating the development of more MaaS like services
    • Works to connect technologies to support a mobility network
  • Opportunities:
    • Based in Capetown & London
    • Optimal in cities with incomplete transit infrastructure
    • Easily translatable in other cities with similar issues (i.e. Detroit)
    • Makes cities more accessible, inclusive, and sustainable
  • Barriers:
    • Digital divide?
  • Next steps:


Additional talks were given by:

  • Peter Adriaens
  • Raine Hermans
  • Per-Erik Holmberg
  • Filip Kjellgren
  • Michael MacLennan
  • Cara McCarty
  • Henrik Rosen
  • Sami Sahala
  • Jouni Salonen
  • Steven Sarasini
  • Ted Serbinski
  • Lisa Seymour
  • Jana Sochor







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