The world of automobiles is in full transformation, whether it is about the electrification of vehicles, their connection to the Internet, the automation of driving or sales circuits, especially with the metaverse, virtual reality, e-commerce and the renegotiation of dealer contracts. To encourage the latest innovations, the Automobile Club de France and the Essec Automobile Club have organized the “ACF AutoTech Grand Prix” for automotive startups since 2017.
12 candidates were selected from 75 candidate startups
For the 2023 edition, the organizers received applications from 75 startups, representing 22 countries. They are half French and half foreign. The jury selected 12 candidates for the final on April 20, 2023.
For startups more advanced in their development, there is the ACF Grand Prize. This is about six startups.
CETRAC.io (France Paris). The company provides secure cyber communications solutions, first for aviation and military and now for automotive https://www.cetrac.io/
MOBODME (France Paris). The company has created a tactile surface that allows detecting movements a few centimeters from the surface. It is a non-contact screen. The company started in the music industry with Jean-Michel Jarre and is now interested in the automobile https://www.embodme.com/
I4DRIVE (Israel). Without adding a layer of hardware, the company collects all possible data from the vehicle through software optimization in order to extract the maximum amount of information about the state of the vehicle and the attitude of the driver. It is a data management platform https://i4drive.com/
NODAR SENSORS (UNITED STATES). The company offers a stereo camera to produce ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance Systems) driver assistance solutions with impressive depth of vision performance https://www.nodarsensor.com/
ROAD. TRAVEL (UK). It is an “adaptive route planner” that defines personalized routes combining efficiency and tourism by taking into account various factors such as user habits, budget and driver profile. https://road.travel/
SICEF (France Paris). SICEF wants to rehabilitate abandoned railway tracks to give life to the Ferromobile, Micheline’s spiritual successor, in a modular, low-carbon and low-cost version. https://ferromobile.fr
Six early stage startups in managing the metaverse, 3D printing or electrification
For the newest startups in early development – Seed, there is the ACF Pioneer Award. It is about six startups.
CARA7 (France Paris). This solution enables a bridge between the metaverse and car dealers. Cara7 aims to use the metaverse to increase sales of sellers https://www.cara7.com
Production line (France, Strasbourg). The startup offers high-performance additive manufacturing allowing production speeds 10 to 100 times faster than existing techniques and therefore much cheaper for large facilities. https://www.lines-manufacturing.com/
NELSON (France Paris). It is a solution for easily preparing, organizing and managing the electrification of a fleet of vehicles. https://www.nelson-mobility.com/
R3 TOWER (France). The company offers a combination of booking between the hotel room and the charging station, the travel application of the user of an electric vehicle https://www.r3charge.com/
WERENODE (France) This is a “software-centric” solution for sharing charging stations https://werenode.com/
YUBIK (France, Cesson-Sévigné). Startup offers software optimization to make use of connected systems less energy-intensive, including for the automobile https://www.yubik.io/
Since its inception in 2017, the AutoTech ACF Grand Prix has featured advancements such as crowd energy (robotic charging of electric vehicles), HEEX Technologies (Smart Data for Artificial Intelligence), Eyphytec (hydrogen in the service of energy transition), Proovstation (automated vehicle inspection station) or Qovoltis (intelligent vehicle charging station). The competition has thus supported the development of new products such as the digital inventory portal, charging robot, lithium extraction or smart charging stations.
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