Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on innovative solutions for the railway sector. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising rolling stock startups.
Heat Map: 5 Top Rolling Stock Startups
Using our StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 1.379.000+ startups & scaleups globally, we looked at innovation in the field of Rail Tech. For this research, we identified 66 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies were chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and relevance of technology, among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.
The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & scaleups developing Rolling Stock solutions. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 66 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.
Duragon Systems – Locomotive Diagnostics Modules
Rapid advancements in the technological properties of rolling stock, combined with the rising degree of rail automation, attract attention to the questions of proper diagnostics of railway vehicles. Startups and emerging companies focus on developing continuous monitoring devices and controllers for locomotives, wagons, and railroad cars. Such solutions further present rail fleet owners with tools to continuously maintain the health of their assets.
Thailand-based startup Duragon Systems engineers an embedded diagnostics unit for locomotives and on-board trains. It possesses the features of modularity, high operational reliability, cloud connectivity, and isolated peripheral interfaces. The controller is train-type-agnostic and is also compatible with diesel, hybrid, and electric engines.
Rail Propulsion System (RPS) – Zero-Emission Locomotives
With electric mobility on the rise globally, rail transportation is also gradually shifting from diesel to electric power. Rail electrification potentially brings further economic and ecological benefits in terms of reduced costs and lower carbon discharge. Startups are also taking the initiative to develop zero-emission locomotives and usher in the future of clean rail transportation.
The US-based startup Rail Propulsion Systems creates a zero-emission booster locomotive, and its related energy storage systems, for railway transport. RPS substitutes a diesel generator with a battery system, conversion mechanism, and power electronics. This engineering provides opportunities to uplift performance and lowers the emissions of current commuter trains.
HEMS Global – Diesel Reduction Systems
It remains a challenge to fully replace diesel-based locomotives with more environmentally-friendly electric trains. This encourages startups to develop solutions that decrease harmful railroad emissions. For example, diesel reduction systems aim at improving diesel efficiency by utilizing selective catalytic reduction, hydrogen catalyzation, or other active emission control technologies.
Australian startup HEMS Global develops a diesel usage reduction system for locomotives, rail vehicles, and other types of terrestrial transportation. The solution intends to substitute conventional hydrogen cylinders with proprietary hydrogen-enriched syngas extraction systems. The catalytic properties of syngas allow it to act in mixtures with traditional hydrocarbon fuels, but with the benefit of lower exhaust emissions.
TransPod – Ultra-High-Speed Rolling Stock
Despite the economical and environmental issues, it is also vital to consider the demands for faster transportation from rail travelers. Startups and emerging companies combine the key principles of railways and aviation to introduce new types of ultra-high-speed rolling stock, in particular, hyperloop trains.
Canadian startup TransPod addresses the challenges of smart city highway congestion and inter-city railroad operation with its ultra-high-speed (up to 1000 km/h) hyperloop system. Fossil fuel-free, and also driven by electrical magnetic propulsion, The Pod offers its passengers a sophisticated travel environment with short waiting times and high-tech infrastructure.
Cylus – Cybersecurity For Rolling Stock
With more railways being digitally connected, the issues of cybersecurity become exceedingly relevant. Rolling stock operators intend to obtain threat intelligence in order to enforce targeted security policies. This is where startups and emerging companies enter the arena. They develop innovative cybersecurity tools to keep cyber attacks under control.
Cylus is an Israeli startup that develops a railway-specific cybersecurity product for rolling stock, CylusOne. The startup’s non-intrusive solution undertakes a patented security analysis of onboard networks and topologies. This is later integrated with contemporary and legacy rolling stock. CylusOne continuously monitors and detects cyber risks and attacks, as well as generates timely notifications with pertinent response suggestions.
What About The Other 61 Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence and enable you to achieve your goals faster. The 5 rolling stock startups showcased above are promising examples out of 66 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.