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TfL and six startups start work to reduce congestion in London

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Nitrous TFL startup programme

Six fast-growing UK and international startups, alongside transport industry experts, are participating in a new innovation programme to help keep London moving.

A new open data programme that sees six elite startups working to reduce congestion in the capital, in partnership with TfL (Transport for London), has launched. From improving cycling experiences to using AI and visual learning to improve passenger flow, the young startups are working closely with TfL and industry experts to supercharge their businesses. 

The Nitrous lead 3 month programme is the first of its kind by bringing together startups and connecting them with government, to support SME growth and procurement processes. 

Following several hundred applications and a three-month process, including a final selection by a range of experts at TfL, each successful startup will now be working to reduce congestion on the public transport network and/or across London’s roads, and lowering levels of pollution.

By providing access to unique open data from government and industry, the programme is designed to help startups better support public sector innovation without the need for additional investment. The programme will provide the startups with a range of masterclasses, one-to-one sessions and networking opportunities. These will provide business-critical market validation and procurement knowledge to help ensure successful future collaborations in the short and long term.

Nitrous is a programme developed by Tech City Ventures that inspires and initiates effective collaboration between startups and local government. Founded upon a deep understanding of the unique issues facing both startups and local government, it enables the creators of powerful, young technologies to accelerate their engagement with the public sector.

The 6 startups participating in the programme are:
Nitrous transport programme startups

Alchera Technologies

Real time data for safer, cleaner, less congested cities. Alchera is a computer vision and machine learning platform that powers smart cities, intelligent infrastructure and transport systems across the UK, EU and worldwide.


Blubel is the cycling navigator powered by community wisdom. Satnav in a bicycle bell; it navigates every turn and learns from the cycling community to find the safest routes.


Faxi is a unique smartphone app and technology platform which enables organisations to encourage employee ridesharing through incentivised priority parking.


NumberEight is developing artificial intelligence software to contextualise the next generation of IoT and mobile devices. Its software senses, learns and adapts to the world around us by harnessing sensors present in devices to intelligently tailor and personalise user experiences. It is currently focused on applying this technology to the smart mobility and transportation sectors.


Pedals provides quick, on demand deliveries by bicycle, transporting products with care and precision. It emphasises personal interactions, a human-to-human service and the value of hand-delivered packages with zero emissions.


TravelAi crowdsources and analyses travel behaviour data to provide actionable insights for transport professionals, and tools to help improve customer experiences. Its smartphone software automatically detects routes and modes of transport without any user input, before applying machine learning and modelling techniques to build transport analytics across everything from foot through to flight, across the UK and beyond.

If Transport and Startups
is your thing, you might want to read up about Tech Startup Citymapper who have a bold ambition to reinvent the bus for the smart city era.

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Published on: 16th May 2017

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