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Help TfL develop real-time info for accessible bus spaces: BridgeAI calls for applications

The Futurescope High Growth AI Accelerator, part of the Innovate UK BridgeAI programme, is a 14-week accelerator programme for UK-based startups, scaleups and SMEs to help them validate and develop responsible, ethical and desirable AI and ML deep-tech solutions in transport

29 February 2024

 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) holds enormous potential for businesses, enhancing productivity and competitiveness. However, adopting AI technology can be challenging.

That’s where Innovate UK BridgeAI comes in.

The Futurescope High Growth AI Accelerator, part of the Innovate UK BridgeAI programme, is a 14-week accelerator programme for UK-based startups, scaleups and SMEs to help them validate and develop responsible, ethical and desirable AI and ML deep-tech solutions in transport.

Apply here for the Accelerator programme

With a specific focus on the UK’s transport sector, the programme focuses on enhancing the monitoring, automation, and optimisation of existing systems and infrastructures in the UK to align with the country’s ambitious journey toward achieving net-zero emissions. This initiative seeks to not only improve current networks’ efficiency but also contribute to reducing carbon footprints and promoting sustainable practices.

For example, one challenge offered by the programme is towork alongside Transport for London to provide real-time info for accessible bus spaces. Currently, the availability of wheelchair priority spaces on London Buses is unreliable due to them being occupied by prams, luggage, standing passengers for example. This hinders planning for disabled passengers and causes extended journey times.

To address this, TfL aims to develop a system that detects and communicates the real-time status of the wheelchair priority space through prioritising smartphone and journey planning app integration.

BridgeAI are driving the ethical use of AI adoption and bridging the AI divide in the UK. Its comprehensive offerings include funding, upskilling opportunities, and knowledge transfer, empowering businesses to harness the power of AI through responsible and inclusive practices. 

High-growth potential sectors                                                   

As part of its commitment to driving AI adoption across the UK, BridgeAI has identified the key sectors with high growth potential, but currently, low AI adoption rates. By offering funding and support, the programme aims to enhance productivity and efficiency, and help businesses stay ahead of the curve in an increasingly competitive marketplace.

These sectors are:     

  • Transport                                                      

  • Agriculture

  • Construction

  • Creative Industries 

With its collaborative approach, it supports organisations in becoming future-focused and equipped with the skills and expertise to navigate the evolving AI landscape. 

How BridgeAI provides support                                                        


Delivered by Innovate UK and strategic partners, BridgeAI delivers funding and support by:                                                                   

  • Connecting businesses in priority sectors with AI expert                   

  • Building an innovation community to help businesses adopt AI through collaboration with developers                                                            

  • Developing new trusted AI services and technologies                       

  • Supporting the development of cutting-edge AI technologies through co-creation between both the supply and demand side of the AI ecosystem              

  • Elevating high-growth potential sectors                                                            

  • Building new capabilities in businesses through training and upskilling in AI providing access to scientific expertise. 

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