Daimler invests in the start-up Anagog

Sabine Scheunert, Vice President of Digital and IT for Marketing & Sales Mercedes-Benz Cars announced the investment of Daimler AG in the start-up Anagog at the Mobile World Congress 2018.
  • Investment intensifies cooperation
  • Analysis and prediction of user behaviour with the aid of artificial intelligence
  • EQ Ready App already on the German market

Stuttgart/Tel Aviv – Daimler AG is intensifying its cooperation with the start-up Anagog Ltd. Daimler has participated in a financing round together with MizMaa Ventures, a venture capital company located in California. Based in Tel Aviv, Anagog has developed software which analyses user behavior directly in the mobile phone with the aid of the various on-handset sensors, and on the basis of artificial intelligence it predicts future movement scenarios.

Through this data analysis the mobile handset understands what the user is doing and the environment in which they are located. This means that various contextual services can be generated to improve the user experience. Anagog’s patented technology changes the rules of the game when it comes to using artificial intelligence on mobile phones and other wearables, without the aid of any backend servers.

The Mobility Status Company from ANAGOG

“We want to make the best digital services available not just to our customers, but to all mobile phone owners. We are improving every digital touchpoint in the mobility behaviour of our customers and thus increasing their independence”, says Sabine Scheunert, Vice President of Digital and IT for Marketing & Sales Mercedes-Benz Cars. “With the investment in Anagog we are a big step closer to achieving this goal. This step also fits with the strategic approach taken by Daimler AG in investing in appropriate start-ups and supporting them as they grow.”

A significant advantage of the Anagog development “JedAI SDK” (Software Development Kit) here is the high data and privacy protection which grants the users full control over their data, as no data transfer to a backend server is required.

Anagog was founded in 2010 and in 2017 it participated in the start-up programme ‘The Bridge’ supported by Mercedes-Benz. The first joint development has already been on the German market since September 2017 in the form of the EQ Ready App. This app helps motorists decide whether it makes sense for them personally to switch to an electric car or hybrid. The smartphone app can record real journeys made by the user and compare it with numerous parameters of electric and hybrid vehicles. This makes it possible to try out e-mobility in a virtual yet realistic way. The EQ Ready app also recommends which electric or hybrid car model from smart or Mercedes-Benz best matches the user’s individual needs.



STARTUP AUTOBAHN at full speed, over 130 joint projects between startups and corporations!


  • Record number of startups and pilot projects at STARTUP AUTOBAHN – the biggest innovation platform in Europe powered by Plug and Play Tech Center: over 130 pilots with 74 startups, 10 meetups with more than 3000 visitors; 30+ mentoring sessions; 700+ individual startup-corporate introductions achieved within only one year.
  • STARTUP AUTOBAHN’s post-accelerator model works and goes global – from Stuttgart expanded to China and Singapore.
  • STARTUP AUTOBAHN goes beyond the future of mobility and industry 4.0 and covers topics like supply chain & logistics, enterprise processes (HR/retail), vehicle tech (CASE), vehicle services (fintech/insurtech), energy and beyond.
  • The neutral open innovation model attracts more corporations: five more industry leading companies joined STARTUP AUTOBAHN to work on joint projects with tech startups and help them grow their business and shape the future of innovation.
  • Many success stories have been written by STARTUP AUTOBAHN alumni startups: Plug and Play Global gave away the ‘ Innovation Award for Exceptional Pilot Collaboration’.

Stuttgart. Within only one and a half years, STARTUP AUTOBAHN has not just become the largest innovation platform but also facilitated a record number of 130+ pilot projects between 74 startups from all over the world and 11 industry leaders of Germany. On February 26th, 2018 STARTUP AUTOBAHN exclusively showcased 33 startups from Program 3 and their results from 100 days working with Plug & Play, Daimler, Porsche, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, DXC Technology, BASF, ZF Friedrichshafen, Deutsche Post DHL Group, Webasto, Murata, HELLA, and BENTELER.

Record number of startups and pilot projects at the biggest innovation platform in Europe

STARTUP AUTOBAHN facilitated 64+ joint projects between record number of 33 young tech companies and 11 industry leading corporations in Program 3. In the third batch of STARTUP AUTOBAHN, 33 young tech companies with the combined strength of now 11 corporate partners, have been working on 64 joint projects and showcased their results on the Expo Day at the ARENA2036 technology laboratory. The focus of these joint projects included e-mobility, human-machine interface, supply chain & logistics as well related themes in the field of vehicle tech (CASE), vehicle services (fintech / insurtech), enterprise processes (HR/Retail), future of production and industry 4.0.

The following startups from the US, Canada, UK, Norway, Finland, Netherlands, France, Germany, Austria and Switzerland validated and piloted their technologies on a neutral platform, moderated by Plug & Play within a three-month program: Acerta, Actronika, Affectiva, Arctic Coating, AVA, Bleenco, blik, CarbonTT, CARTO, Celonis, Cirrantic, CollectiveCrunch, Cybus, FlexeGRAPH, GBatteries, HD Vision Systems, LexaTexer, NÜWIEL, PlugSurfing, Prewave, Quantitec, Smoope, Snips, Tactotek, ThingOS, Toposens, ZeroLight, WayRay, Contractus, Resin.io, High Mobility, FluentAI and ProcessGold.

Joint projects go to serial production –  STARTUP AUTOBAHN is the best way for startups to get in business

A total of 74 startups graduated from the innovation platform through all three programs so far and many success stories have been written: the pilot conducted by the British startup what3words and Daimler in the last program goes into serial production as of spring 2018 –  A-Class drivers will be able to enter precise destinations using 3-word addresses, by voice or text input. Also, with the launch of the new Cayenne, Porsche is offering its customers a new parking service called “Parken Plus” in association with Evopark – a startup who participated in the first batch. Plug and Play – as the moderator of the program not only facilitates these pilot projects, but as one of the most active VC firms, also invested in STARTUP AUTOBAHN Program startups and connects the startups to other strategic investors and VCs. Investments include companies such as AVA, GuardKnox, GBatteries, Acerta, Relimetrics. We are also truly honored by the success stories of our alumni companies: Argus (Program 1) got acquired by Continental for approximately USD $400 million; Innoviz (Program 2) raised USD $90 million, Otonomo (Program 1) USD $40 million, CarJump (Program 1) was acquired by Peugeot, Vayyar (Program 1) raised USD $79 million, and many more.

STARTUP AUTOBAHN brings EXPO Day to the next level

On February 26th, 2018, an international audience of 800+ attendees had the chance to gain deep insights into the newest innovative technologies and to network with executives from various corporations, venture capitalists, investors, startups, universities, government representatives, mentors and press. On this third STARTUP AUTOBAHN EXPO Day, the 33 startups of Program 3 exclusively showcased their results of working 100 days with 11 leading industry players, while they pitched their ideas and pilots in front of the audience. Keynote speakers at the EXPO Day included leading industry experts both from the corporate and startup world. Oliver Blume, CEO of Porsche, Daniel Krauss, Founder and CIO at FlixBus, as well as Clare Jones what3words explained what it takes to become an external supplier to Daimler as a STARTUP AUTOBAHN startup alumni.

Plug and Play Global Innovation Award for Exceptional Pilot Collaboration and People’s Choice Award for the Best Pitch

Saeed Amidi, CEO and Founder of Plug and Play Tech Center announced Porsche, BASF, DXC Technology as the most innovative Corporations of all 200+ corporate partners of Plug and Play Tech Center worldwide for their exceptional four-party pilot collaboration with the startup Kreatize. Also, Daimler and the startup what3words received the Global Innovation Award from Plug and Play Tech Center’s CEO for the serial implementation of their joint project.

STARTUP AUTOBAHN – the largest European innovation platform’s post-accelerator model works and goes global – from Stuttgart expands to China and Singaporeae

Startup Autobahn continues at full speed and is about to onboard more startups with great technologies and ideas thriving to become the next unicorn. Keeping momentum, STARTUP AUTOBAHN has its foot on the throttle and Program 4 will start in March with new partners on board. With the combined strength of now 16 corporate partners, STARTUP AUTOBAHN offers the best startups worldwide an opportunity to validate their technology on a neutral platform, moderated by Plug & Play within a three-month program. The focus of Program 4 includes Smart Materials, 3D Printing, Shared Mobility Services, Future of Performance Driving, Robotics, Automation, Smart City, Supply Chain Automation, Last-Mile Logistics, as well related themes dictated by the corporate partners. STARTUP AUTOBAHN is looking forward to welcoming around 30+ startups in Program 4, who will be announced soon. Furthermore, to fill in the gap of a post-accelerator model in Asia/Pacific – STARTUP AUTOBAHN expanded to China and Singapore to unite smaller global tech startups with the unrivalled tech expertise of Silicon Valley and the best of German engineering.

Five more corporate partners joined the innovation platform to get  access to the latest technology trends and help startups thrive faster

STARTUP AUTOBAHN is honored to welcome Linde Group, Wieland Ventures, Jardines Matheson Holding, PostNL and AGC Glass Europe aboard to join Plug & Play, Daimler, University of Stuttgart, and ARENA2036, Hewlett Packard Enterprise/DXC Technology, BASF, Porsche, ZF Friedrichshafen Deutsche Post DHL Group, Webasto, Murata, BENTELER and HELLA to contribute as Ecosystem Partners to the innovation platform. STARTUP AUTOBAHN is open for further corporate partners as well. STARTUP AUTOBAHN believes in open doors, disruptive thinking, and the sharing of ideas, technology, and connections to help startups and corporates thrive faster.


STARTUP AUTOBAHN is a neutral innovation platform moderating an in-depth and curated collaboration between core partners from industry, Investment firms and mentors to help the growth of startup companies. STARTUP AUTOBAHN runs two three-month programs per year each followed by an EXPO Day. The program is stage-agnostic with a later-stage focus, designed to accelerate startups. STARTUP AUTOBAHN is providing all the support startups need to realize their vision faster: Space, tools, people, resources and access to a valuable network of corporations, investors, mentors, universities and government representatives. Plug & Play, the Silicon Valley accelerator and investor, is facilitating this joint project together with Plug and Play Germany GmbH, Daimler AG, ARENA2036, University of Stuttgart, Hewlett Packard Enterprise/DXC Technology, ZF Friedrichshafen, BASF, Porsche, Deutsche Post DHL Group, and Webasto. Along with the ecosystem partners like Murata, HELLA, as well as, BENTELER. Startups from all over the world are invited to submit their applications for the accelerator program on the future of mobility and Industry 4.0.


Continental demonstrates Predictive Connectivity Manager

Mobile World Congress 2018

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  • Intelligent data and channel management for predictive, holistic connectivity
  • Network availability forecast ensures optimum connectivity even on remote roads
  • Technology serves need for Always On Connectivity

Barcelona, February 26, 2018. It’s a problem all too familiar to those who spend a lot of time driving in rural areas: Mobile network reception is poor, with phone calls suddenly cutting out or music streaming coming to a halt. In many regions, lower bandwidths and high latency still diminish the user experience and prevent drivers from seamlessly transferring their digital lifestyle into their car. In response, technology company Continental has developed a Predictive Connectivity Manager that “looks” into the future to determine network availability and reception quality along the route so that it can then take appropriate action.

“The intelligent mobility of the future depends on connectivity that is as gap-free as possible. To allow drivers to get the best out of the existing network coverage, we have developed a predictive data and connectivity management solution. This enables us to not only identify reception white spots in advance, but also take action for a better user experience,” explains Johann Hiebl, head of Continental’s Infotainment & Connectivity business unit.

The project is an evolution of the Smart Telematics solution that Continental developed together with Carnegie Technologies. With Smart Telematics, it is already possible to aggregate available communication channels to get more bandwidth or to seamlessly switch between the channels once the reception quality becomes poor. The Predictive Connectivity Manager is an add-on to not only handle connectivity issues once they arise, but to develop intelligent data management and download strategies for a more anticipatory drive.

Crowd sourcing to determine network quality

To calculate the quality of reception along the road ahead, the connectivity manager collects data on the availability and quality of the communication channels from vehicles traveling along the same route, based on their current GPS position as well as what time and day of the week it is. This data is then processed and analyzed in the backend using Continental.cloud. The resulting database contains a range of data including information on signal strength, bandwidth, cellular standard and latency, as well as the cost of establishing a network connection at a specific position and the availability of different networks and providers.

In order for the vehicle’s data and channel management system to respond predictively, the connectivity manager must also be capable of predicting the route that the driver will take. To determine this “most probable path,” the software analyzes the vehicle’s pre-calculated route continuously and also accesses the navigation data. “Thanks to the combination of crowd sourced data from vehicles already traveling on the same route and their calculated route ahead, our connectivity manager really can take a glimpse into the future,” says Hiebl.

Compensation for network outages to guarantee optimum user experience

If the connectivity manager sees that the connection along the road ahead is getting worse, or that network coverage will soon not be available, a number of possible actions may be taken. On the one hand, the software could alert the drivers of upcoming network outage and inform them when the connection will likely be available again. A digital assistant could even switch to another, data independent application instead. On the other hand, the solution could prioritize between data intensive applications according to defined guidelines. It could temporarily provide the download of a software update with less bandwidth, for example, so that the current music stream is not interrupted. In addition, predictive channel management makes it possible to switch seamlessly between the various available channels depending on network quality and cost – from mobile networks, available WLAN hotspots in big cities or even satellite connection. In other words, if one channel offers better reception quality than another, the connectivity manager can switch between the networks.

Intelligent software as a digital companion

The Predictive Connectivity Manager can either run discreetly in the background and make its own decisions or actively involve the driver so that they can decide which of the available options to use. “We are constantly refining and enhancing our innovations to take them to a whole new level. With the Predictive Connectivity Manager, we are introducing a new technology that is serving the constant need of Always On connectivity. That way, safe, efficient and comfortable mobility is no longer a vision,” says Hiebl.

Continental will be unveiling the Predictive Connectivity Manager at the Mobile World Congress 2018 in Barcelona. Visitors can find all trade fair innovations and technology developed by the company in hall 6, booth 6B50 at the MWC 2018. In the outdoor area OA3B.40, Continental will also be showcasing two demonstration vehicles.


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Moovit Raises $50 Million Led by Intel Capital to Expand its Global Urban Mobility Operating System


Moovit App Global Ltd. (“Moovit”), a leader in urban mobility and the developer of the world’s #1 transit app, announced that it has closed a $50 million Series D round led by Intel Capital. All Moovit’s earlier investors participated, including Sequoia, BMW iVentures, NGP, Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures, BRM, Gemini, Vaizra, Vintage, and newcomer Hanaco.

Moovit’s free app provides comprehensive transit information to more than 120 million users in more than 2,000 cities in 80 countries. The company has amassed the world’s largest repository of transit data and generates more than one billion movement data points a day. Moovit shaped its data into the Smart Transit Suite to help municipalities and transit operators better manage their networks.

Professor Amnon Shashua, Senior Vice President of Intel and CEO / CTO of Mobileye, will join Moovit’s Board of Directors as an observer.

Moovit Co-founder and CEO Nir Erez said the company will use the funds to continue its mission to be part of every urban mobility trip. This includes expanding its global sales team,enhancing its consumer products to support user growth, and investing in its Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platform.

“Moovit expects to surpass 1 billion users by 2021 and to expand significantly the number of cities that use Moovit’s data analytics to improve urban mobility,” Erez said. “We are especially thrilled about our plans to collaborate with Mobileye. It’s a synergistic relationship at an exciting time to be shaping the future of urban mobility.”

“With significant investments in automated driving, mobility management platforms and smart infrastructure, Intel is at the forefront of a fundamental transformation of urban mobility,” Shashua said. “We’re working with some of the most innovative transit companies,municipalities and transit authorities to build critical foundational technologies for this transformation.”

“Moovit is one of the world’s leaders in public transit data and analytics,” Shashua continued. “The combination of Mobileye’s and Moovit’s technology and data will be instrumental in making cities ready for autonomous vehicles.”

The infusion of capital brings to $133 million the total raised by Moovit.

About Moovit

Moovit is the world’s largest transit data and analytics company and the #1 transit app. Moovit simplifies your urban mobility all around the world, making getting around town via transit easier and more convenient. By combining information from public transit operators and authorities with live information from the user community, Moovit offers travelers a real-time picture, including the best route for the journey. Named Best Local App by Google in 2016 and one of Apple’s Best Apps of 2017, Moovit launched in 2012 and surpassed 120 million users in five years.

Moovit amasses one billion anonymous data points a day to add to the world’s largest repository of transit data. The data gathering is aided by Moovit’s network of more than 250,000 local editors called “Mooviters.” These passionate users help map and maintain local transit information in cities that would otherwise be unserved. Mooviters account for 65 percent of the hundreds of cities Moovit opens every year and make Moovit the Wikipedia of Transit.

Moovit is an early pioneer of Mobility as a Service (MaaS). The company helps people change the way they consume mobility by fully integrating other forms of transport, such as local bicycle services, into its app. In 2017 Moovit launched its Smart Transit Suite of products to help cities, governments and transit operators improve urban mobility in their cities.

Moovit is available for free on iOS, Android and the Web in more than 2,000 cities, across 80 countries, and can be used in 44 languages. More than 100 cities and global events, including Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympics, have made Moovit their official transit app.

About Intel Capital

Intel Capital invests in innovative startups targeting artificial intelligence, autonomous driving,workload accelerators, 5G connectivity, merged reality and a wide range of other disruptive technologies. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested US $12.2 billion in 1,520 companies worldwide, and more than 650 portfolio companies have gone public or been acquired. Intel Capital curates thousands of business development introductions each year between its portfolio companies and the Global 2000.


Connected car vendor Bright Box to Participate at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

Bright Box, a global vendor of connected vehicle services, will be participating at the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest gathering for the mobile industry, being held in the Mobile World Capital, Barcelona, from the 26th of February to the 1st of March 2018.

Top representatives from Bright Box will be there to discuss the future of the automotive market, connected car services based on AI and the digitalization of auto insurance. Ivan Mishanin, the CEO of Bright Box, Robert Schuessler, the VP Of Sales Europe and Vitaly Baum, the Chief Product Officer/Product Development, will share the results of the collaboration with Honda Motor Europe as well as the plans for synergy with Zurich Insurance Group.

This annual event provides a unique platform for business opportunities and relationship-building. Mobile World Congress includes 2300 exhibitors, showcasing the latest innovations; a world-class conference featuring expiring keynotes and discussions.

MWC attendees will also be able to see the best practices for delivering Connected Car business outcomes presented by Bright Box.


SmartShift and Porter Announce their Intent to Merge


  • Mahindra to invest a further amount of Rs 65 crore in the two entities
  • Merged entity to optimise greater operational efficiency
  • To result in a Pan India reach in the growing shared mobility space

Mumbai: SmartShift by Mahindra, part of the USD 19 billion Mahindra Group today announced an intent to merge with Porter by Resfeber Labs, India’s leading tech-enabled logistic solutions provider in the goods transportation space. This merger is subject to corporate and regulatory approvals.

Under the aegis of the merged identity, which would be called Mahindra SmartShift, both go-to market brands ‘Porter’ and ‘SmartShift’ will continue to service their respective customers and partner-drivers in order to optimise greater operational efficiency. This merger will help both SmartShift and Porter to spread out to a pan India presence in the shared mobility space.

This consolidation is likely to strengthen the joint objectives of SmartShift and Porter within a reasonable time frame. Mahindra has been keen to invest in the shared mobility space as a part of its strategy to promote and participate in sustainable mobility solutions, including promoting load aggregation digital platforms. This is with the objective of enabling improved livelihoods and lifestyles of people, thereby enabling them to RISE.

Mahindra would invest a sum of Rs 65 crore in the two entities which reinforces the group’s commitment in this space. This will result in significant business synergies as well as open up new vistas for this business. Pranav Goel will be the CEO of Mahindra SmartShift while Kausalya Nandakumar will work as interim Co-CEO to ensure smooth transition and integration of both the companies.

Speaking on the announcement, Anish Shah, Chairman, SmartShift by Mahindra, said, “Since its inception, SmartShift has become the preferred choice for transporters and customers alike by consistently delivering on its customer value proposition of enhancing the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst transporters and enabling an improved business productivity amongst its customers. Being part of our diversified group while working on a young entrepreneurship culture has been our mantra for SmartShift. Our new association with Porter will be a win-win for both companies and will definitely cement our position in the ever-growing shared mobility space”.

Pranav Goel, Co-Founder, Porter mentioned, “Porter is the largest tech-logistics marketplace in the country, having serviced more than 200,000 customers and more than 10,000+ partner-drivers on the platform. This is a strong testament of the platform’s seamless customer and partner-driver experience and our association with Mahindra will take it to the next level. The synergies between our business modules are evident and this association with Mahindra will further build on the trust of our stakeholders. With this Porter has now done a cumulative fund raise of more than USD 20 million”.

According to a report, the logistics industry in India is pegged at $130 billion with 35%-40% of it being in the intra-city space. It is also estimated that 18 lakh small commercial vehicles complete millions of transactions daily, across the country.

About SmartShift by Mahindra

SmartShift by Mahindra, an on-demand logistics provider, is the first digital mobility startup incubated under the aegis of the USD 19 billion Mahindra Group. It specializes in providing small commercial vehicles for intra-city first and last-mile requirements. With its intuitive reverse auctioning technology platform and real-time ability to track vehicles, SmartShift aims to make daily logistics requirements of SMEs at least 30% more efficient. For the transporter partners, the best-in-class mobile based platform, efficient pricing through return trips and focus on community building helps it in disrupting the highly inefficient incumbent ecosystem. Driven by the ambitious goal of owning cargo transportation in the country, SmartShift currently services more than 1600 pin codes in 10 cities.

About Porter

Founded in 2014 by IIT alumni Pranav Goel, Uttam Digga and Vikas Chaudhary, Porter aims to provide economical, efficient and reliable logistics solutions to its customers, while empowering partnered drivers, by utilising technology. Porter currently has 10000+ vehicles on its platform and has done 15,00,000 deliveries in the last 3 years. The company is backed by Sequoia and Kae capital. The company currently operates in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai & Hyderabad and plans to expand to 15 other cities including Pune, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Lucknow and Coimbatore.

About Mahindra

The Mahindra Group is a USD 19 billion federation of companies that enables people to rise through innovative mobility solutions, driving rural prosperity, enhancing urban living, nurturing new businesses and fostering communities. It enjoys a leadership position in utility vehicles, information technology, financial services and vacation ownership in India and is the world’s largest tractor company, by volume. It also enjoys a strong presence in agribusiness, aerospace, commercial vehicles, components, defence, logistics, real estate, renewable energy, speedboats and steel, amongst other businesses. Headquartered in India, Mahindra employs over 2,40,000 people across 100 countries.


Groupe PSA: The car manufacturer that contributed most to France’s trade balance in 2017

•    Nearly €6 billion automobile trade surplus, up 15%
•    Surplus of 397,000 vehicles exported, up 21%
•    15 Peugeot, Citroën and DS vehicles earn “Guaranteed French Origin” label

Groupe PSA is the car manufacturer that made the largest contribution to France’s trade balance in 2017, with a surplus of €5.54 billion , of which €200 million generated by the Opel vehicles manufactured at the Sochaux plant.

The five vehicle assembly plants produced 1.1 million vehicles, an increase of 12.9% on 2016, representing one-third of the Group’s worldwide vehicle production. The level of domestic output exceeds the commitments made under the New Momentum for Growth agreement, signed in July 2016 by five out of six French trade unions, representing 80% of employees.

In addition, the 12 components plants manufactured five million Groupe PSA engines and gearboxes in France. Due to the Group’s strong manufacturing presence in France, 15 Peugeot, Citroën and DS vehicles  were awarded the “Guaranteed French Origin” label by the not-for-profit organization Pro France.

Carlos Tavares, Chairman of the Managing Board of Groupe PSA, stated: “Directly contributing to France’s economic activity is a source of great pride for our Group and for the 58,000 employees based in the country. It is important to create the right economic conditions to enable us to enhance, through our Push to Pass strategic plan, the performance of our manufacturing base in France in order to meet the challenges of the energy transition.”


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