Business France and Bpifrance today revealed the eight startups selected to take part in UbiMobility 2017, their US-based accelerator program for connected vehicles and driverless cars being held for the third time this year.
From June 3, the fortunate few will begin an intensive two-week immersion program to help them showcase their technologies and build partnerships with major players in the American automotive industry. The eight startups have been handpicked by a selection panel of leading American experts on connected vehicles, and UbiMobility’s aim is to help them get their technologies adopted by US auto-makers.
Once stateside, they will be taken to the heart of the two US centers for connected vehicles and driverless cars, Detroit (Ann Arbor) and San Francisco (Silicon Valley). The eight companies will be provided with a total of 10 months’ support, both immediately before and after the immersion program, to build up their contacts in the United States. There, they will meet up with many of the big names in the connected vehicle world, including Google Car, Tesla, Uber, Ford, Magna, General Motors, Delphi, Valeo, the University of California-Berkeley and the University of Michigan.
UbiMobility 2015 and 2016 have already proved their worth: 11 of the 16 startups from the previous two editions have established or are in the process of establishing themselves in the United States, and a grand total of €47.5 million has been raised for them to pursue their international expansion. The stage is already set for UbiMobility 2017 to achieve even greater success.
To find out more, click here to read the press release (in French).
Further details about the program can be found here.