TfL and Bosch team up to revamp London’s transport network
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Transport for London (TfL) has announced it is teaming up with Bosch to tackle the “transport problems of the future”.
The partnership aims to bolster the use of more efficient, greener and safer vehicles, reduce congestion and encourage more people to walk, cycle and take public transport across London.
TfL hopes to connect start-ups and small businesses interested in modernising London’s transport fleet with established experts and comprehensive data about usage on the transport network.
It said much of the data being made available will be based on the existing Unified API and open-data platform which already helps to power nearly 700 apps that are used by 42 per cent of Londoners.
Bosch will also provide its own “urban mobility” experts to impart technical knowledge and provide guidance and mentoring.
The German engineering company is providing a space for innovation in Shoreditch, dubbed Connectory, where TfL and selected start-ups can collaborate.
The partnership is expected to last around 18 months and comes at a time of major infrastructure upgrades to London’s transport network, not least of all Crossrail and the upcoming opening of the Elizabeth Line which was delayed by a year in August.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: “This initiative will foster closer working between London’s tech sector and other leading tech cities.
“If we are to use data and smart technology to help solve the biggest problems our city faces, it’s crucial we take a more collaborative approach. I see London’s future as a global ‘test-bed city’ for civic innovation, where the best ideas are developed, amplified and scaled.
“I’ve been clear I want London to become the world’s smartest city and this is a further step towards realising that ambition.”
Arun Srinivasan, executive vice president at Bosch UK, said: “We believe that the collaboration between Bosch and TfL will enable us to accelerate the development of technologies, products and services that have a positive impact on city life.
“We are very excited that Bosch’s ‘Connectory’ in London will get a focus on urban mobility, helping to solve the challenges at work in this great city, alongside a range of influential partners”.
A report from the London Assembly in February found that the capital has been “caught unaware” by the influx of new transport technology which could see the advent of driverless cars being delayed until the 2030s at the earliest.