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Global Startup Heat Map highlights 5 Top Connected Bus Solutions out of 263
The insights of this data-driven analysis are derived from the Big Data & Artificial Intelligence-powered StartUs Insights Discovery Platform, covering 2.093.000+ startups & scaleups globally. The platform gives you an exhaustive overview of emerging technologies & relevant startups within a specific field in just a few clicks.
The Global Startup Heat Map below reveals the distribution of the 263 exemplary startups & scaleups we analyzed for this research. Further, it highlights 5 automotive startups that we hand-picked based on criteria such as founding year, location, funding raised, and more. You get to explore the solutions of these 5 startups & scaleups in this report. For insights on the other 258 connected bus solutions, get in touch.
Transportant enables Smart School Buses
To ensure the safety of the students, it is essential for schools to have a secure transportation system. It helps the school bus staff manage their bus fleet and prevent harassment or kidnapping. This is where school bus monitoring systems come into play. Startups are developing Internet of Things (IoT)-based sensors and devices that provide real-time information about the buses including location, route, and ridership details, as well as driver’s adherence to schedules.
US-based startup Transportant offers a smart school bus tracking platform powered by SIS integration. It allows the school bus staff to track where and when children get on or off the bus through a secure service cloud. The startup’s driver-assistance tool, CoPilot, notifies the driver if a student attempts to get on/off the bus at the wrong stop and also displays all the active routes. Further, cameras are installed inside the buses to provide live footage, allowing the administration or parents to intervene in case of any suspicious activity.
Haylion Technologies creates a Connected Public Bus System
The majority of people across the world largely depend on public buses for their daily commute. So, startups are developing intelligent buses and platforms that support a connected public bus system. This not only benefits commuters but also enables the city traffic management centers to gain rapid insights on public safety and communicate with the emergency responders more effectively.
Chinese startup Haylion Technologies offers an Artificial Intelligence-based connected public bus system, Alphaba, that is equipped with IoT, LiDAR, mm Wave Radar, cameras, and GPS giving these buses an intelligent driving mode. They analyze road conditions to execute apt reactions towards the behavior of other road users and sudden events. These include pedestrian and other vehicle detection, obstacle avoidance, emergency braking, bus stop approach, etc. It also offers ridership statistics analysis, intelligent scheduling, and safety assessment, which is very useful for traffic managers.
Social Bus provides Real-Time Tracking of Bus Lines
The traditional public bus system has its drawbacks. In under-developed or developing countries, for example, commuters are mostly clueless regarding the availability of buses and their ETA. Whereas, in developed countries, transportation providers do not have a clear idea about which routes they need to optimize to serve the maximum number of passengers. As a result, startups are developing data-based platforms that bridge the gap between commuters and transportation providers.
Canadian startup Social Bus creates a shuttle bus application that connects passengers, operators, and planners to streamline transportation. Passengers and drivers track their bus lines and get real-time information about their stops and shifts, routes, operating hours, and average waiting time. Similarly, it helps the transportation companies to find out how many passengers are using their bus lines and expand their offerings based on these insights.
Jatri offers Fleet Management & Corporate Transportation
Companies that heavily rely on transportation often struggle to manage their fleet manually. Technologies such as telematics and big data help to tackle this issue. Startups are developing advanced software that allows transportation providers and corporate companies to gain real-time visibility into the location of vehicles, monitor driver behavior, and reduce fuel costs.
Bangladeshi startup Jatri offers multilingual mobile applications for bus owners and commuters. The fleet management application for bus owners helps in keeping track of buses, expenses, and accounts. The application for commuters helps in planning journeys and enables smart corporate transportation for daily commute. The platform shows the commuter’s bus on a map along with the ETA.
Bus Hunter builds a B2B Bus Rental Platform
Organizations often need to rent buses to travel to the airport, attend important business events, or even for a team-building retreat. Finding the right provider is time-consuming and sometimes exceeds the predetermined budget. Hence, startups are offering B2B bus rental platforms that allow the companies to find the provider who is ready to offer the service at the quoted price. In the process, the providers also get quality customers and generate handsome revenue.
French startup Bus Hunter offers a B2B bus rental platform that uses AI and big data to match the users with transportation providers. The human resource managers of corporate companies use this platform to plan the business tours by entering the destination, date of travel, and other information. The platform also allows urgent booking, which comes in handy in case of last-minute plans.
Discover more Automotive Startups
Automotive startups such as the examples highlighted in this report focus on electrification, connectivity, autonomous vehicles as well as shared mobility. While all of these technologies play a major role in advancing the automotive industry, they only represent the tip of the iceberg. To explore more technologies, simply get in touch to let us look into your areas of interest. For a more general overview, you can download our free Automotive Innovation Report to save your time and improve strategic decision-making.