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Ericsson blog: How collaboration nurtures new innovative mobility

The future of mobility and what is possible can forge new constellations of stakeholders and disruptors to emerge. One example, MobilityXlab, is pushing the boundaries of collaboration as young companies and legacy industries join efforts to explore future mobility.

Three years ago, MobilityXlab opened its doors as a collaborative platform among partners to create and develop innovations within mobility, with each other and with start-ups. What started as a local initiative in Gothenburg, Sweden, has grown into a global transport and technology hub. Since its start in 2017, it has supported 40 start-ups over the past three years. Out of these startups, 54 collaborations were initiated between the startups and partners. This has resulted in 9 commercial contracts for the startups together with the partners of MobilityXlab.  

To meet market needs, stay competitive, and create a new window of opportunity for young companies and legacy industries, two or more corporate partners work with a start-up. Partners include CEVT, Ericsson, Veoneer, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group & Zenseact (former Zenuity). What distinguishes MobilityXlab is the close collaboration with partners, who are actively involved in screening new applicants and leading the collaboration program. Start-ups are invited for six months to drive a project/ proof of concept, with at least 2 of the founding partners. Both the start-up and partners shape the collaboration, and each case is unique as there is no “one size fits all.”  

Accelerating dialogue between start-ups and partners builds a better understanding of what needs to be solved. With an agile work approach, technologies can be adopted, and proof of concepts developed, resulting in a faster go-to-market.  

Read the full blog post from Ericsson here: https://www.ericsson.com/en/blog/2020/10/mobilityxlab-collaboration-innovative-mobility

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Kiva Allgood
Head of IoT at Ericsson