Ubimobility is a French nine-month development program combined with a two-week immersion in key automotive and tech ecosystems in the United States. For six years, the country’s best-of-the-best new companies have gone on a fortnight’s whirlwind tour of the Detroit/Ann Arbor area and Silicon Valley, where they pitch to dozens of automakers, suppliers and influencers.
The program has been developed by two French economic development organizations, Business France and Bpifrance. Business France is a government agency, supporting the international development of the French economy, and Bpifrance is a public investment bank that helps finance entrepreneurs. This program aims to highlight the export capacity of French startups.
Alumni of this exclusive club include autonomous-shuttle company Navya, automotive handwriting recognition expert MyScript and car-sharing expert Vulog.
For this new edition – and due to the Covid-19 pandemic – the tour has been transformed to a well-choreographed virtual tour, where each company executive delivers a concise five-minute video presentation.
The finalists making their pitches to original equipment manufacturers and suppliers offer a wide variety of creative and relevant mobility technologies:
Heex Technologies offers a software solution that speeds up autonomous vehicle development by simplifying the lives of AV development teams.
iXblue With iXblue’s inertial navigation solutions, vehicles can be positioned and oriented without any outside connection, whatever their location.
Kipsum Kipsum’s intelligent energy device manager can reduce HVAC energy consumption in electric vehicles by 20%, without sacrificing perceived comfort.
Epicnpoc is a software company dedicated to innovation and user experience for automotive, mobility and smart home.
IRider Just in time to take advantage of the boom in urban biking, IRider is a startup that develops intelligent onboard solutions for manufacturers of e-bikes, scooters and motorcycles.
Lextan CEO Marc Lambert says its semi-autonomous EV Autopod is the future of last-mile delivery.
Stampyt aims to take online automotive retailing to new heights, with smartphone imagery that can inspire new confidence in buyers, sellers and remarketers purchasing vehicles online.
Source : Drew Winter – Wardsauto