IAA review: An industry on the road to change

There was much talk, writing and discussion about this year’s IAA. There were lively and excited debates about a necessary change of the trade fair format as well as the entire industry. Blickfeld was on site with two booths. We would like to share our firsthand experience: here’s our impression.

One major novelty at this year’s IAA, was the New Mobility World (NMW) Conference, a three-day conference within the framework of the trade fair in which speakers from a wide variety of companies and organizations discussed current mobility topics. Both, the speakers and the dominant topics of the conference show that the mobility industry is changing. Ola Källenius, the new chairman of Daimler, joined Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM, on stage, and names such as Qualcomm and Facebook were among the sponsors of the conference – this clearly shows that the IAA no longer only belongs to car manufacturers and suppliers. Topics such as connectivity, mobility-as-a-service and autonomous vehicles are gaining importance with more and more IT companies, start-ups and providers of new mobility presenting at booths and podiums.

The industry is looking at new and alternative mobility concepts. While the OEMs focused on electromobility at their booths, Tier 1 suppliers often designed their IAA presence around autonomous applications. One of these suppliers was Webasto, who unveiled their new “Roof Sensor Module”. The module is designed to smoothly integrate sensors in autonomous vehicles without bulky constructions on the roof of the cars. The module is capable to include the Blickfeld Cube, which is why Blickfeld sensors could not only to be found at the company’s own booths, but also at the Webasto booth.

The shift in the industry is important and necessary, as demonstrated by the protesters on the doorstep of the IAA. The industry will have to reorient to some extent. In the long term, autonomous driving will contribute to reducing vehicle emissions worldwide – the importance of this development was accentuated by Waymo CEO John Krafcik opening the show together with Angela Merkel. The Google sister Waymo drives many thousands of testing miles autonomously in California every month and is regarded a pioneer among the manufacturers of autonomous vehicles.

In the NMW exhibition area, Blickfeld was in good company: Start-ups in the fields of HD mapping, ultrasonic sensor technology, connected car, shared mobility, smart charging and many more were exhibiting. Here, too, there was a clear focus on autonomous driving.

The future of autonomous driving was further discussed by Blickfeld founder, Dr. Florian Petit, with his lecture on when self-driving will be the new normal on the NMW Conference stage. Florian took a critical look at the status quo in the areas of technology as well as legislation and customer acceptance of autonomous applications and gave an outlook on the developments of the upcoming years.

Prize ceremony EUSP 2019

Blickfeld is among the 10 Winners of the European Startup Prize for Mobility

The second European Startup Prize for Mobility (EUSP) has revealed the 10 winning companies in its 2019 awards that are creating a new transport landscape for European travellers. Companies that received the prize in the presence of awards sponsor Prince Albert of Monaco ranged from e-cargo bike manufacturers to autonomous vehicle technology providers.

The EUSP was launched by Karima Delli, chairwoman of the European Parliament Committee on Transport and Tourism, and co-founded by Boston Consulting Group and Via ID.

Delli said: “We envisaged the EUSP as a response to global mobility challenges. An increased number of mobility startups took up the challenge this year, reassuring us in our belief that Europe can be the continent for innovation and helping our talent to work towards a better quality of life for all”.

Of the 570 startups that entered the awards, only 50 made it to the final, with 10 winners selected, including one chosen by public vote. The winning startups receive prizes including a European tour of five major technology hubs to meet potential investors and future clients.

Jean-François Dhinaux, Via ID strategy director, who is also an EUSP co-founder, added: “Due to the diversity and maturity of the projects, the second edition of the EUSP is a strong indication of a dynamic mobility market in Europe.”

Blickfeld at the EUSP for mobility

Blickfeld founder Florian Petit, Karima Delli chairwoman of the European Parliament Committee on Transport and Tourism, Luisa Martens from Blickfeld

EUSP winners 2019

Blickfeld – technology provider for autonomous mobility
Blickfeld LiDAR products meet the highest performance requirements at the cost and size needed for mass market adoption. Due to its range of configurable features, the German company’s technology provides solutions for multiple use-cases.

Cargoroo – shared e-cargo bikes
Dutch company Cargoroo offers shared electric cargo bikes in urban neighbourhoods. Its shared e-cargo bikes are a potential solution to moving people and cargo around congested cities, offering a sustainable and fast alternative to car ownership and city logistics.

Cityscoot – free floating electric scooters
Since 2016, Cityscoot has grown a fleet of 5,000 scooters in Paris, Nice, Milan and Rome. Users find a scooter nearby using a smartphone app and unlocks it with a four-digit code. The French company’s software includes insurance coverage and a free rental period.

Einride – all-electric autonomous vehicle services
Swedish company Einride provides all-electric, autonomous vehicles, or “T-pods”. The electrically-powered T-pod can be remote-controlled by an operator but is predominantly autonomous, which means it offers an increased load capacity, improved safety and lower operating costs.

Geovelo – software platform for cyclists
Geovelo is a French cycling-focused software platform, providing navigation and tracking software that offers real-time GPS navigation, with the option to report issues during a ride and check availability of free-floating bikes nearby. The company also provides a dashboard allowing local authorities to access data about the use bicycles in cities.

K-Ryole – electric bike trailer
K-Ryole is an electrically-assisted bike trailer, allowing riders to carry up to 250kg, enabling zero-emission delivery services for congested and polluted cities.

Karhoo – global marketplace for taxi and private hire vehicles
Karhoo is the a global marketplace for taxi and private hire vehicles. It connects thousands of fleets and their drivers to customer-facing companies. For example, if you are a hotel booking website wishing to provide your clients with transfers to their hotels, Karhoo allows you, through one contract, to offer a service.

OpenAirlines – eco-flying fuel cost killer
French company SkyBreathe offers an eco-flying solution that reduces aircraft fuel consumption by 2-5% without modifications, using software to guide pilots. Last year, it helped more than 30 airlines save $100 million and 400,000 tons of carbon dioxide.

Shotl – mobility platform for public transport operators
Shotl is a Spanish mobility platform for transport operators, local authorities, corporations and business parks that matches multiple passengers headed in the same direction with a vehicle. Shotl mobility software helps public transport operators manage and dispatch efficient on-demand transportation services.

TWAICE – predictive battery analytics software
TWAICE supports enterprises across industries with predictive battery analytics software. The German company allows its customers to develop and use battery systems more efficiently and sustainably while making them more reliable and durable. Precise predictions of battery conditions and aging significantly optimize battery development and use.

Airbus, Celonis and Blickfeld won the German Innovation Award

Blickfeld wins the German Innovation Award 2019

The Munich-based LiDAR company Blickfeld has been awarded the German Innovation Award in the startup category. The jury rated the level of innovation and market opportunities of the new technology as major plus points.

Blickfeld wins the German Innovation Award in the startup category

As laudator in the start-up category, Wirtschaftswoche editor-in-chief Beat Balzli (right) honoured the founders of the company Blickfeld, Mathias Müller (centre) and Florian Petit (left).

The Munich-based LiDAR company took home the prize in the startup category. Blickfeld impressed the jury with its novel laser scanner technology (LiDAR). LiDAR produce high-resolution depth maps that are ideally suited for environmental perception. Unlike conventional sensors, Blickfeld has reinvented the laser beam deflection unit. The Blickfeld LiDAR scanners are therefore scalable, maintenance-free and wear-free and enable scanning with a long range, high resolution and a large field of view. They can therefore be used in autonomous mobility, but also in robotics, for example. The jury rated the level of innovation and market opportunities of the new technology as major plus points. Blickfeld, alongside Airbus and Celonis, were awarded the coveted trophy in the festive atmosphere of the Munich Kesselhaus in front of around 250 invited guests from business, politics, research and society.

Festive Gala for the German Innovation Award 2019

The German Innovation Award is an initiative of Accenture, EnBW, WirtschaftsWoche and ada. It is under the patronage of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. The prize, which was launched in 2009, honors outstanding, forward-looking innovations by German companies that change business and markets with their innovative strength. The prize is awarded in the categories large companies, medium-sized companies and start-ups. In addition to new products, innovative business models, processes and services as well as organisational and marketing innovations are taken into account.
All submissions are evaluated by a jury of experts on the basis of their concept, level of innovation, market opportunities, market success and their relation to Germany as a business location.

Further information and details on the finalists and winners can be found at www.der-deutsche-innovationspreis.de

About Blickfeld 

Founded in 2017 and based in Munich, Germany, Blickfeld is a provider of cutting-edge LiDAR technology for autonomous mobility and IoT applications. The company has developed proprietary LiDAR technology based on patented silicon MEMS mirrors and commercial off-the-shelf components. The Blickfeld LiDAR product family meets the highest performance requirements at the cost and size needed for mass market adoption. Blickfeld’s team is made up of experienced professionals with renowned expertise in the fields of electronics, optics, MEMS and software. The company is backed by venture capital investors including Fluxunit (the corporate venture arm of lighting company Osram), High-Tech Gründerfonds, Tengelmann Ventures, and Unternehmertum Venture Capital Partners.

munich techdays 2017

Blickfeld at the Munich Techdays 2017

On Friday the 23rd of June the old „Werksgelände“ near Munich Ostbahnhof will become a hotspot for founders, entrepreneurs and creatives. The focus will be on the following topics:

  • IoT Smart Factory (Industry 4.0)
  • Mobility
  • Cyber Security
  • Insure Tech

Blickfeld with its unique LiDAR Sensor solution adresses the space of IOT and Mobility and offers a solution to really move forward.