Portland Startup urban.systems Joins Land Rover Incubator

urban_systems_logo.pngPortland startup urban.systems has been selected to be part of the inaugural cohort of Jaguar Land Rover’s new tech incubator in Portland, OR. The partnership between one of the world’s foremost automobile companies, Jaguar Land Rover, combined with urban.systems’ expertise and experience in “smart cities,” analytics, communications, and information technology will provide a strong foundation for addressing one of the most pressing issues facing cities today: transportation.

Jaguar Land Rover’s new technology incubator first cohort kicks off this month, with the announcements of urban.systems, along with two other startups selected for the program, at the Consumer Telematics Show on Tuesday.

This new partnership between JLR and urban.systems will focus its efforts on low-cost, scalable infrastructure technologies that leverage open data, open-source technology, and community-based urban planning. Among urban.systems’s first projects is a family of products and services for the management of multi-passenger, Electric Vehicle fleets for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This project — a proof of concept for other emerging cities worldwide will supply affordable, sustainable and “connected” transportation for the movement of people around the city in a managed system. The system will improve efficiencies, decrease congestion and positively affect the lives of the passengers, drivers and owners.

“urban.systems’s focus on open interfaces, open data and open source makes them a great partner for Jaguar Land Rover,” said Matt Jones, Director of Future Technology and President of the GENIVI Alliance. “Their fleet management tools combined with low speed electric vehicles offers a new and innovative option for urban transportation.”

Led by Dr. Wilfred Pinfold, formerly of Intel, urban.systems has a diverse team of experienced executives, engineers and IT professionals that provide consulting, technology and outsourcing services to address the global challenges affecting cities and urban life. As cities explore new transit systems, roads and utilities or modernize their aging infrastructure, urban.systems and its partners will provide a range of civic engagement, financial, design, and software services that reduce cost, simplify design and financing, and build scalable operational governments.

urban.systems is committed to the open software platform to enable and encourage the “best and brightest’ to work together in bringing long-term solutions to the issues that cities are facing in transportation, energy, water, wellness and pollution. By working together, urban.systems believes that the quantity of problem solvers will deliver more ideas and more products, with each having the ability to be integrated into a comprehensive system. The goal of urban.systems is to bring these products and ideas together to work with local, state and federal governments to build better, safer and sustainable cities for now and in the future.

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