- Published: Friday, 07 April 2017 14:51
Infiniti’s Smart Mobility Labs program kicks off in Singapore, hopes to breed the next step of mobility ideas into reality
The next time you have a flat tyre in the middle of nowhere, left stranded and wondering what to do, it’s highly possible you might have Infiniti to thank, at least partially, for being rescued.
Rick Robinson, co-Founder of Urgent.ly (fourth from right, photo below), has built an application that aids in delivering the quickest and safest roadside assistance to car owners. Not only do you receive a response within the next few minutes, real-time assistance tracking comes part of the application.
This innovation is part of Infiniti’s Smart Mobility program, a competition for budding start-ups and app developers to present each of their creations to help make driving more pleasurable.
Innovation ideas presented include connected cars, which encourages car-to-car connection with the use of cameras and sensors to prevent accidents, and data-driven concepts to predict actual-time road congestions daily. Another start-up, Katsana, from Malaysia, was started by Syed Ahmad Fuquha (fourth from left, above photo), and focuses on data, usage-based insurance and connected car safety.
Robinson was in Singapore along with six other representatives from start-ups that took part in Infiniti’s Smart Mobility Program. Co-founded with capital venture firm Nest, the program is a ‘tailored eight-week curriculum for selected startups to learn more about Infiniti and the premium automotive space, to allow entrepreneurs to pitch back to Infiniti executives on new business opportunities.’
In short, it’s an incubator for mobility tech that may also allow Infiniti to get first dibs on such innovations.
Why Singapore? “When it comes to startups, Singapore is brimming with potential and Infiniti is helping accelerate the next breakthroughs in smart mobility,” said Infiniti’s president, Roland Krueger, at the event.
Infiniti president Roland Kreuger, speaking at the Smart Mobility Lab event in Singapore
Shortlisted from 120 participating teams at the initial stage, seven innovations from around the world have been chosen to receive mentorship with Nest Venture Capital, the teams will work alongside experts from Infiniti to further develop each of their innovations.
By the end of the program, each new innovation will secure a chance to pitch for an investment opportunity with Renault and Mitsubishi – Infiniti’s alliance partners – and Nissan, their parent company.