Making transport smarter

The Intelligent Mobility (IM) Accelerator, a partnership between Transport Systems Catapult and Wayra UK, is designed to attract disruptive start-ups with high-growth potential into the UK transport supply chain, while helping them grow into world-leading companies.
The programme will support two cohorts of six companies a year, based in Milton Keynes. It is supported by global technology consultancy ThoughtWorks and national railway infrastructure operator Network Rail, as well as Telefónica Smart Steps, the arm of Telefónica that is using data to help cities take a smarter approach to population flows and movement.
The programme is the first in the UK to cover the full range of areas related to Intelligent Mobility. Its goal is to develop companies who will develop data-driven solutions for the most pressing transport problems facing the world today, improving day-to-day life for millions of commuters while creating new UK-based industry leaders in the £900bn global transport systems market.
Businesses accepted to the programme will receive a six-month support programme, providing office space, mentoring and networking.
The successful start-ups will also get access to the partners’ networks of investors, government agencies, customers, large corporates and universities, as well as opportunities to work with the TSC’s world-leading Data, Visualisation, Customer Experience and Connected and Autonomous Vehicle capability teams.

What is Intelligent Mobility?

Global transport systems are entering a period of radical change, driven by rapid technological advances in wireless communications, AI, alternative power trains, open data, the Internet of Things (IoT) and the rise in autonomous systems.
Customer attitudes, expectations and behaviours are shifting rapidly in response. Resources – whether for skilled people or finance – are increasingly pressed, infrastructure capacity is constrained and systems are becoming more complex and inter-connected.
There is also significant pressure to reduce emissions and improve environmental outcomes.
Intelligent Mobility (IM) will drive a radical overhaul of transport systems to redefine the future of transport. The UK is ideally positioned to take advantage and be at the forefront of this momentous new global market. 
The IM Accelerator is focused on unlocking these opportunities and seeks to capitalise on this opportunity by catalysing those innovative businesses who will bring about the disruptive, challenging products and services of the future to unlock this potential and bring about this change. 
With our partners, we want to create a world-leading transport accelerator that helps start-ups scale into global players.

Areas of Interest

The IM Accelerator will invest in and accelerate start-ups tackling intelligent mobility challenges across selected focus areas:

Transport data and analysis: digital solutions for public mobility

Digital solutions to enhance the end-to-end customer experience, including:

– Multi-modal transport solutions –  data being translated into recommendations and outcomes
– IOT technologies to measure public transport usage and encourage modal-shift in real time via direct traveller engagement
– Use of blockchain in the intermodal transport of goods and people
– Solutions to collect, centralise and measure air pollution – including emissions modelling
– Technologies to measure cycling and walking (connected devices)
– Dynamic journey planning and ticketing for multi-modal journeys
– AI and deep machine learning in transport applications
– On-demand trip guidance: optimal inclusive travel package plan (transportation, places, navigation, guide, payments)
– Inclusive mobility solutions for older and disabled people.
– Rural mobility solutions
– Data monetization: Telematics and sensors as valuable source of proprietary data
– Modelling and simulation:
       Use of ‘digital twins’ in transport
       Predictive simulation of networks

Customer experience: health and active transport solutions

– Journey planning solutions for cyclists and pedestrians to avoid polluted areas
– Optimise car journeys to minimise air pollution in certain areas ideally including dynamic route planning to maximise benefit and intelligent fuel source changes based on points of interest.
– Information about air quality, safety and journey experience (urban realm)
– Enable disruptive business models (such as Mobility as a Service) to change and influence commuting and travel behaviour, unlock opportunities in virtual and sustainable travel whilst improving health, wealth and aligning environmental goals
– Parking solutions to encourage public transit
– In-car payment solutions for various scenarios: seamless payment for parking, seamless payment for charging.
– Predict/analyse driver’s condition and ability to drive a given distance
– Smart Maintenance Solutions: predictive solutions
– Personalised vehicle Services: driving guide based on driver’s habits
– Whole journey ticketing and multi-modal smart wallet options

Automation and autonomy - connected and autonomous vehicles

– Improve safety and efficiency of connected vehicles including dynamic route allocations based on real time incident management tools
– Solutions to predict traffic base on connected vehicles, data collection and existing data sets
– Last-mile-freight solutions
– Digital infrastructure solutions and industrial applications for drones beyond line of sight
– Interaction with digital infrastructure
– Allow the emergency services to make use of autonomous and connected vehicles
– Commercial solutions for the validation and verification of autonomous systems including AI
– Crowd management: solutions to predict/identify crowded places and avoid it
– Solutions enabling V2V (driver to driver) communication (e.g. a car in front of you in a tunnel needs to turn on lights – you want to communicate; A car in the front has a problem with tires – you want to communicate; You are in a junction with traffic jam and need to go left, all the other cars wait for right, how to communicate that you need to pass)

Smart infrastructure and connectivity

– Improve smart infrastructures
– IOT solutions to public transport issues and future integrated transport planning
– Capacity management and increasing capacity through innovations in transport infrastructure
– Connected corridor planning – enabling or making use of high quality connectivity along the rail and road networks
– Charging solutions and infrastructure: how to avoid instalment of induction coils?
– Solutions to accelerate acceptance of EV and alternative engines

Mobility Fintech

– Financial Services for MaaS solutions
– Fin-tech’s & Insure-Tech solutions that disrupt insurance and financial services (B2C) value chains through using data and specially mobile data
– Fintech solutions for road use moving away from current emissions / vehicle value based charging to real time use of road assets.
– Auto insurance: Pay-per-mile insurance, hourly car insurance, low cost insurance for learners and young drivers;
– Alternative access:
       subscription-based mobility services (bundled solutions)
       payment services for on-demand transportation companies
– Telematics and auto-insurance based on data collected by telematics
– Fintech solutions for autonomous driving:
       Solutions for on-demand trips
       Solutions for car-sharing fleets
       Solutions to address the structural changes in automotive industry
– Fintech solutions for EV:
       Lease vs ownership (identify what works the best for you – lease or ownership, find the best offer, include the delivery cost)
       Encourage dealerships to sell EV (bundle offer including parking, charging, etc costs)
       Insurance for EV owners
– Mobility Platforms
       Next generation dealerships: online used-car marketplaces



One-on-one meetings help each start-up develop their businesses more quickly

Our investor network

Wayra’s investor network helps businesses scale

Technical expertise

Access to world-leading tech transport expertise via Telefónica Smart Steps, Network Rail, TSC and ThoughtWorks 

Office space

World-class facilities provide the perfect location for business growth


Significant skills development through our ongoing masterclasses

Dedicated mentors

Our mentor network provides helpful guidance throughout the acceleration process


Coaches provide in-depth special advice across different business aspects

Network access

Access to Telefónica and TSC’s local and global networks

Telefónica Big Data

Access to comprehensive datasets, such as Telefónica Smart Steps, to test solutions and validate ideas


Call closed for 2018

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