Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator Program Recruits 3 New Startup Companies

By - Jaguar Land Rover's Tech Incubator Program HAAS alert Mycroft OpConnect

Each Company Will Receive Funding and Assistance from Jaguar Land Rover in Developing Emergency Response, Artificial Intelligence, and Electric Vehicle Ecosystem Technologies

Last January, Jaguar Land Rover started its Tech Incubator program, designed “to encourage, promote and support new automotive, mobility and connected car technologies that are being developed by U.S. start-ups.” JLR has announced its first three picks for 2017, which focus on technologies that enhance safety and convenience.

1.) HAAS Alert. This mobile platform works with connected cars, autonomous vehicles, and “smart” cities. The goal is to enable city services, such as first-responder crews, to alert drivers of road/roadside issues, including accidents, emergency vehicles on the move, and the presence of emergency personnel.

2.) Mycroft. Built using constantly updatable open source software, Mycroft recognizes natural language and responds to vocal commands. Potential benefits of this technology include reduced driver distractions and greater user friendliness and convenience.

3.) OpConnect. According to JLR, “OpConnect sells and operates electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, a vital component of the electric vehicle ecosystem. Customers can use the OpConnect website to manage their accounts, locate the closest EV charging station and remotely check the status of their battery recharging.”

JLR will support these companies by investing in them and providing engineering help, mentorship, and dedicated space inside JLR’s Portland, Oregon R&D facilities. Every quarter, JLR picks a new trio of companies to take part in its Tech Incubator program. Its goal is to assist 120 start-up firms through the initiative over the next decade. If you have or someone you know has a business that would be a great fit for the program, go to to learn more about its eligibility requirements. JLR is accepting applications for its Spring 2017 wave, which runs from mid-April through mid-October.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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