Happy Anniversary to Us

 

Oh how time flies!

Back in late 2014/early 2015, Jaguar Land Rover was investigating how to work with startups in order to advance innovation within the organization as well as the automotive industry as a whole. Fast forward to the opening of the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator in 2016…

… and the beginning of something that’s been truly fantastic.

It’s hard to believe that was a year ago, but it was. And wow, what an amazing year it’s been. We’ve learned, we’ve flourished, we’ve shined. We’ve gotten stronger, we’ve gotten better, and, well, we feel like there’s really no stopping us now!

As we celebrate our accomplishments and highlights during “Year One,” we thought we’d take a moment to share a view into what it’s looked for those of us here on the inside:

In our first year we’ve consumed 5,040 cups of coffee, hosted 24 “Family Dinners,” eaten 168 donuts, gone on 16 team building outings, and even taken part in a paintball adventure!

We’ve grown our Incubator staff from one person to a team of six men and women who bring knowledge, expertise, and a whole lot of laughter and excitement to our office daily.

We’ve welcomed 12 startups with 35 team members total, working on products and technologies from in-vehicle voice assistants, to state-of-the-art drones, to devices that monitor the health of your car, to programs that help consumers recoup transportation costs.

We’ve seen our startups become leaders in developing Smart City programs, partner with Nike, Reach Now, and Lyft, make appearances on Fox Business, and garner major investor interest.

We’ve had over 150 mentors around the globe offer expertise to our startups over 300 times through workshops, fireside chats, and participation in internal events.

We’ve built a program Jaguar Land Rover can be proud of.

Even more importantly, though, we’ve built a program we, the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator team, are proud of.

As we look ahead at the next nine years, the future looks grand. From continuing to partner with exciting startups, to developing relationships with inspiring mentors, to building alliances with esteemed investors, we see endless opportunities to continue making our program even stronger and more valuable for startups.

Further, we’re keyed up about the possibilities for our program to help advance innovation for Jaguar Land Rover. From delving deeper into technologies like computing, connectivity, and conversational UI, as well as expanding further into the fields of autonomous vehicles, smart interfaces, and mapping, the opportunities for us to impact the future of automotive, mobility, and connected car are boundless.

Basically, what it comes down to is that our first year has been one heck of an amazing ride – and we can’t wait to go again, and again, and again. We hope you’ll stay right here with us!

– Danielle, Blake, Andrew, Madeline, Tami, and Harry  – aka The Jaguar Land Rover Incubator Team

    

 

 

Say Hello to Our Winter 2017 Cohort

The Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator welcomes three new companies into its Winter 2017 Cohort, marking the one-year anniversary of the program’s launch.

HAAS Alert, Mycroft, and OpConnect are the latest three startups to join the incubator, covering the fields of emergency response technology, artificial intelligence, and the electric vehicle ecosystem. Together they further diversify and strengthen the portfolio of ventures the program has supported.

HAAS Alert is a mobile platform for connected cars, autonomous vehicles, and smart cities, that allows first responders and other city services to send notifications to nearby drivers about road and roadside safety issues such as accidents, emergency vehicles in transit, or first responders personnel on scene. The technology can also reroute traffic accordingly via navigation apps.

Increasing driver and passenger safety is one of Jaguar Land Rover highest priorities. Working with HAAS Alert we have the opportunity to explore potential links between connected cars and safety, and investigate news ways of keeping drivers better informed when on the road.

Mycroft is Artificial Intelligence hardware that uses software to recognize natural language and respond to voice commands. Whether in the home, office, or garage, Mycroft can adjust your thermostat, turn on your lights, start your coffee, find answers on the Internet, play your favorite movie, or launch your favorite playlist. And Mycroft was built with open source software, which means that programmers have the ability to constantly contribute new features and modules and make it more capable, more useful, and more fun to use, all the time.

From reducing driver distractions, to increasing convenience and usability, Jaguar Land Rover is eager to team up with Mycroft and explore the many ways voice activation for the car can enhance our customers’ experience.

OpConnect sells and operates Electric Vehicle (EV) charging stations — a vital component of the electric vehicle ecosystem. Customers can use the website to manage their accounts, locate the closest EV charging station, and remotely check the status of their battery recharging. OpConnect charging stations can also be used to share data and manage fleet operations.

Both Jaguar Land Rover and OpConnect are committed to reducing gas emissions by encouraging mass adoption of electric vehicle technology.  With the recent announcement of the Jaguar I-PACE, Jaguar Land Rover has shown that it remains on the edge of innovating in this space, and we look forward to partnering with OpConnect to explore future opportunities.

Here at the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator, we continue to grow our stellar community of innovators who are pushing the boundaries of mobility and connected cars. With the addition of HAAS Alert, Mycroft, and Opconnect, it’s looking like our second year will be off to an incredible start – and we couldn’t be more excited.

Applications for our next cohort are open through tomorrow, Friday, February 10th. If you’re part of a startup working in automotive tech, the mobility space, or connected car technologies, and would like to learn more about the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator program, simply click here.

Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator Welcomes Spring 2016 Cohort

The Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator is pleased to announce its newest crop of companies accepted into the Spring 2016 cohort: Carfit, SICdrone, and Workfrom.

The three companies span a wildly diverse range of future infotainment offerings, from a diagnostic tool; to a drone technology with innovative camera systems; to software that helps mobile professionals find a workspace on the go. The latter two in particular — out of the bounds of what one would deem an automotive company — demonstrate the range of what connected car technology could enable.

The companies make up the second cohort in Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator, a 10-year program to support and advance startups whose products carve a path for the future of connected cars. Each company gains funding, access to Jaguar Land Rover global engineering resources, design support from Jaguar Land Rover’s Portland team, residence in state-of-the-art office space, mentorship from world-class leaders across a range of industries, and a community of others in the startup space to offer peer support.

Here’s the lowdown on each of the companies:

Carfit measures the health of your car like a doctor checks your pulse. Through a device located on the steering wheel, Carfit’s technology dynamically monitors vibrations and conveys diagnostic information via an app, providing insights and frictionless relationships with auto service centers and dealerships.

Why was Jaguar Land Rover compelled by this company? Carfit is looking at future technology that translates to a better experience for vehicle owners.

SICdrone develops and manufactures consumer and commercial drones with a design that provides capability for 2-3 times top speed and up to 5 times farther flights compared to existing multicopter drones, along with expanded photography capability through its variety of camera systems.

Jaguar Land Rover is interested in exploring potential use cases of drones in a vehicle context as they could potentially provide our customers with unique “birds-eye” insights. We believe that SICdrone, with its innovative technology design, is well positioned to experiment in this space with us.

Workfrom helps mobile professionals find an optimal spot to work on the fly. It’s a web and mobile platform that helps people find reliable places to park their laptops and get work done based on the things they need like good WiFi, access to power outlets and low noise levels.

Many of Jaguar Land Rover’s customers are young professionals, entrepreneurs, remote workers, business travelers, and freelancers — and they all need multiple places to get work done as they move around. Millions of these professionals are often tasked with finding an office for the day, so why not find a way to do so directly from their car? We are currently exploring the potential value of in-vehicle integration.

We’re thrilled for the companies to be joining us. They’re all moved in and the energy is high as they engage with their fellow incubator companies (including the Winter Cohort, with which they overlap), Jaguar Land Rover staff, and the greater startup community. We’re working with them now on next steps, project plans, and mentorship.

Stay tuned for an update on their progress.