Infiniti LAB will accelerate Smart car startup

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Pilot Automotive Labs Pte. Ltd. signed an agreement with the Hong Kong Infiniti LAB as part of the “Infiniti Accelerator 2.0” Program. The Incubator selected 9 out of 140 international startups to enhance the market access for the startups.

A joint initiative between Infiniti and Nest, the Infiniti Accelerator is a 12-week, full-time program designed to help start-ups from around the world grow and scale rapidly. The program is for entrepreneurs with a passion for innovation and for those who share Infiniti’s vision to improve the future through technology.

Nine start-ups from four different countries and cities were introduced at the kick-off. One of them is PILOT Automotive Labs (PILOT).

Nicholas Yang JP, Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Hong Kong SAR Government Congratulates “Infiniti Accelerator 2.0” Participants

On 5th July 2016, the selected start-ups began 12 weeks of intensive business training supported by Infiniti and Nest. They will receive one-on one mentorship from Infiniti business leaders and industry experts. This will culminate in an Investor Demo Day in October, where the start-ups will pitch their businesses to a panel of carefully selected investors for funding.

The theme of Infiniti’s 2016 accelerator is Smart Cities with a particular focus on connectivity technologies as solutions for future intelligent urban mobility. PILOT excellently falls in this theme since one of the priorities for the PILOT is to change simple cities into smart cities with an elevated safety and interaction with cars.

“We are excited that our technology is recognized by one of leading premium car brands. We believe that not only new, but also existing cars could be made smarter and safer by using our technology by connecting them to cloud and smart cities. “, Rihards Gailums, CEO of Pilot Automotive Labs said. “We believe that autonomous driving could save 1.2 million lives lost in traffic accidents every year caused by distracted driving and excessive smartphone usage behind a wheel. Together we could make 1.2 billion existing vehicles smarter and safer for society.”
Rihards Gailums, CEO of Pilot Automotive Labs

Over 140 applications were received globally from which only nine were selected to participate in the program. Infiniti and Nest selected the companies with the best business ideas and the potential to solve real-life challenges for future intelligent cities.

Dane Fisher, Managing Director of Asia and Oceania at Infiniti Motor Company commented: “As a premium automotive brand with an entrepreneurial spirit, Infiniti are constantly innovating to deliver the most personal and rewarding driving experience. We created the Infiniti LAB and the ‘Infiniti Accelerator Program’ to support start-ups, like PILOT Automotive, and nurture their business ideas. This is part of our long-term strategy to drive and promote innovation to benefit entrepreneurs, support the community and invest in the future of Smart Cities locally and globally. We look forward to seeing the results from PILOT Automotive at the end of the 12 weeks of the Accelerator Program.”
Front Row L to R: Will Ross, Head of Innovation at Nest, Dane Fisher, Managing Director Asia and Oceania for Infiniti Motor Company, Nicholas Yang JP, Secretary for Innovation and Technology, Hong Kong SAR Government, Roland Krueger, President of Infiniti Motor Company, Lawrence Morgan, CEO of Nest. Back Row: 5th from left: Rihards Gailums, CEO, “Pilot Automotive Labs”, “Infiniti Accelerator 2.0” Start-Up Participants

About PILOT Automotive Labs

PILOT Automotive Labs is Singapore based automotive and big data company with R&D in Riga, Latvia. Company believe that autonomous driving could save 1.2 million lives lost in traffic accidents every year caused by distracted driving and excessive smartphone usage behind a wheel.

PILOT is connected plugin device that automates existing cars while increasing safety and comfort. PILOT consists of roof module with sensors which adds artificial brains and eyes for existing cars and an Android app that works with an ordinary Tablet @ your Dashboard. PILOT makes any car smarter & safer by connecting them to the cloud and smart cities. Company’s vision is to bring autonomous driving to the masses.

About Infiniti:

Infiniti Motor Company Ltd. is headquartered in Hong Kong with sales operations in over 50 countries. The Infiniti brand was launched in 1989. Its range of premium automobiles is currently built in manufacturing facilities in Japan, the United States, United Kingdom and China. Infiniti plans to also expand manufacturing into Mexico by 2017.

Infiniti design studios are located in Atsugi-Shi near Yokohama, London, San Diego and Beijing. Infiniti is in the middle of a major product offensive. The brand has been widely acclaimed for its daring design and innovative driver-assistance technologies.

From the 2016 season, Infiniti is a technical partner of the Renault Sport Formula One team, contributing its expertise in hybrid performance.

About Nest:

Founded in 2010, Nest is Hong Kong’s only private, full service startup ecosystem.

Through the pillars of marketing, strategy, funding and network, Nest supports startups on their path to success, enabling them to scale rapidly. In addition to providing capital, Nest prepares startups for growth, further fundraising, as well as new market expansion.

With an eye for the truly disruptive, Nest is actively involved in all of its companies and drives them to reach their full potential, consequently fostering the startup ecosystem locally and developing Hong Kong as a global entrepreneurial hub.