Volkswagen has chosen six start-ups within the Future Mobility Incubator programme of its Gläserne Manufaktur (“Transparent Factory”) in Dresden that will move in by spring 2018.
Backed by VW and Dresden’s business development unit, the start-ups have the opportunity to further develop their presented concepts with the aim to ready them for a potential market launch. The selected start-ups are ChargeX, keysurance, EcoG (all from Munich), S O Nah from Aachen, Embotech from Zurich and Novum from Dresden. They convinced the programme’s panel of experts through two rounds of pitching. All in all, 20 start-ups applied.
Two among the chosen companies (ChargeX and EcoG) are working on charging infrastructure solutions. Novum is developing a software-based, autonomous battery lab “to go” to increase the range and durability of batteries through A.I. tech. keysurance plans a digital platform to share driving experience from car sharing, company cars and car rental services. S O Nah is focussing on optical sensors and Embotech on software for automated driving.
The Gläserne Manufaktur is a production plant of Volkswagen that features a stunning design created by architect Gunter Henn. Opened in 2002, it is situated in Dresden, the capital of Germany’s federal state of Saxony.