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.