Lessons from our Member Showcase Webinar

In April, we hosted our first virtual webinar, showcasing the work being done by innovative startups at the London Connectory. What was reiterated throughout our showcase was the intrinsic link between innovation and adaptation. How do firms react when adversity strikes? How do they stay relevant? 

Whilst these are difficult times, challenges create opportunities; and for these companies, adapting to these challenges has become their focus. 

Here’s a snapshot into what our community is doing during this pandemic. 

Bernd Heinrichs, Bosch 

Bosch is no stranger to adaptation. Over the last few years, the company has seen a number of seismic shifts. 

Bosch has been supplying technology, especially for automobiles, for more than 130 years. Building on this legacy, the company is now looking at the connected world as a huge opportunity to develop technology that is “Invented for life”. Bosch also made the decision to change tack in regards to its innovation strategy, from one that is built in-house to one which collaborates, partners and co-creates with other companies in their ecosystem. The result: the international Connectory community. 

Adapting to the ever-evolving digital world – where innovation happens at lightning speed – The London Connectory is at the heart of Bosch’s edge on this new playing field. 

It’s the hub for innovation within new mobility and data-driven business. We see here a movement from building solutions in isolation to pioneering a model of co-creation with multiple partners (both private and public) with aligned goals. The Connectory’s ethos is based on operating openly rather than behind closed doors and on forming and investing in relationships, that is the adaptation that needs to take place to stay ahead of the curve in today’s fast-moving environment. 

Adapting to the ever-evolving digital world – where innovation happens at lightning speed – The London Connectory is at the heart of Bosch’s edge on this new playing field. 

It’s the hub for innovation within new mobility and data-driven business. We see here a movement from building solutions in isolation to pioneering a model of co-creation with multiple partners (both private and public) with aligned goals. The Connectory’s ethos is based on operating openly rather than behind closed doors and on forming and investing in relationships, that is the adaptation that needs to take place to stay ahead of the curve in today’s fast-moving environment. 

“We are moving towards a format of innovation around co-developing, collaboration and investment in partners.”– Bernd Heinrichs

TravelAI – Data as the Lockdown-ender

Contact tracing is being touted as the gamechanger between a long-term lockdown or safely opening up society sooner rather than later. Data pointing towards where a person may have come in contact with someone who is sick and knowing where people tend to congregate in a transport network is critical to moving towards normality. 

This is how the TravelAi team realised they could adapt their technology to track contact-tracing. Traditionally, the technology is designed for the transport sector, where it gives operators the ability to collect data points from mobile devices. Akin to Google Maps’ timeline feature, it gives a glimpse into how people travel, when and where. 

As the transport sector is seeing an unprecedented decline in use, adapting its technology to be a part of the solution is key to maintaining the business through this storm. 

The team is now working hard with other innovators and public authorities to apply their transport tech to provide more visibility of how people move post-lockdown and warn authorities where likely areas of infection may occur. 

Blue Zoom: Mobility for the Essential Worker

In major cities, transport remains abundant to help key workers get to where they need to go, but In more remote areas – it’s a different story. With transport infrastructure less developed to begin with and now cut back in lockdown procedures, mobility has become rather more difficult.

What has seen a rise in popularity during social distancing is active travel modes, especially bikes. Blue Zoom understood this trend and adapted its business to provide pro bono solutions to more remote NHS services across the country. Before lockdown, it provided inclusive micro-mobility fleets for offices, universities, hotels and other public and commercial spaces; but with the new social distancing rules in place, its traditional clientele started shutting up shop.

For the company, this new pivot that may shape their business proposition forever. Not only does it help them weather this ongoing storm, but it provides a valuable use case for them moving forward. They have gained a foothold with a large employer with a vested interest in healthy and sustainable mobility.  

dRISK: From dRISK’ing AVs to dRISK’ing Pandemics

Social-distancing is likely to remain in our society until a vaccine is found. Balancing opening up the economy and keeping people safe is central to the exit strategy, but how can it be done? 

dRISK have discovered that by adapting its existing Autonomous Vehicle technology to detect and quantify the number of pedestrians on a given street, the direction they are moving and how far away they are away from one another, it can be a part of that exit strategy.

Using this information, dRISK can measure to what extent social distancing is being abided, creating metrics that can help guide policy and warnings. All this can be done by analyzing data and video feeds from traffic cameras, which retain the privacy of citizens.

The company has adapted its day-to-day proposition of developing the world’s first AV driving test to provide a platform for safely reopening parts of our economy. This provides a new avenue of growth and may prove to be crucial in ending this pandemic and mitigating the next.

Wherever you look across the mobility ecosystem and particularly within our community, there are stories of ingenuity in this trying time. Businesses are certainly struggling, but where there are challenges, there are opportunities to adapt, innovate and grow. 

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