The Safe X Connected Cities Accelerator, jointly run by VC firm Highline Beta and insurance firm Aviva Canada, has announced that four tech companies have joined its inaugural cohort.
The program is looking for startups addressing road safety, mobility, and smart city challenges.
The program is aimed to help scale startups addressing challenges in the road safety, mobility, and smart city sectors. The cohort lasts six months and will provide the companies with mentorship and develop proofs of concept and pilot solutions. Results from these pilots are expected to be shared later this year.
Life Apps, a Palo Alto-based company, is among the four chosen companies. Life Apps has developed a fleet safety software for mobile, that aims to measure and reduce distracted driving for commercial fleet operators. MicroTraffic, another cohort company, founded in Winnipeg, helps traffic engineers use AI to review camera footage at road intersections for collisions or ‘close calls’.
Portland, Oregon-based PreAct Technology‘s tech integrates with cars to determine whether a collision is imminent microseconds before it happens, therefore allowing safety features to be deployed in time. Michigan-based Tome creates technology that detects cyclists and scooters entering an intersection, and communicating information to drivers in order to reduce collisions.
The first stage of the accelerator involves programming to develop a proof-of-concept alongside one of the accelerator’s corporate partners. The second stage will see successful proposals launched and tested in-market. The program involves no upfront equity investment, but there is an opportunity for follow-on investment from Highline Beta and founder partners of the accelerator.
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