Innovation creates a change in perspective, as well as solutions. Our understanding of mobility is undergoing change. Self-driving cars or even flying cars seem only a matter of time to us. Cars are accelerated almost silently by alternative engines. The capability for seamless communication enables new services. Our vehicles will be the “third place”: a natural living space alongside the workplace and home. And STARTUP AUTOBAHN creates the conditions for this unique attitude to life to come true.
From the 300 applicants presented in mid-2016, 13 start-ups got through to the finals. 13 companies and corporate identities that continue to enthuse us with innovations even after 100 days: 4tiitoo, Argus, Blickshift, Canatu, evopark, Free2Move, Gauzy, HopOn, n-Join, Noveto, otonomo, TruckPad and Vayyar.
We value their derring-do. We love their innovations: flexible multi-touch surfaces from Canatu, intelligent glass from Gauzy that converts panes into digital displays, smart factory solutions for Industry 4.0 from N-Join, technology that controls sound waves to the precise nanometer from Noveto, cyber-safety concepts from Argus or 3D-sensor technology from Vayyar.
Those named here are just some examples. All STARTUP AUTOBAHN’s start-ups supply valuable technology and components for tomorrow’s mobility. Some of them may end up turning into “unicorns”. But what is important is: they don’t just grow in Silicon Valley but of all places here in Stuttgart, the birthplace of the car, too. It is therefore not surprising that the Expo Day drew in over 1,000 spectators to the ARENA2036 halls. They also include well-known greats such as Ola Källenius, Dr. Michael Steiner (Porsche AG), Olaf Koch (METRO GROUP), Carsten Maschmeyer, Wolfgang Tiefensee and many other potential investors.