LNER FutureLabs is a new innovation programme from London North Eastern Railway (LNER) that aims to fast-track digital and tech developments into the rail industry.
It provides an opportunity for tech and digital start-ups to put their ideas to the test in an industry that holds a huge amount of potential when it comes to overcoming the challenges of personalisation, encouraging increased usage and improving sustainability.
Three challenges are set as part of the LNER FutureLabs programme:
- More Journeys, More Often – digital services and solutions that encourage more people to travel by train.
- Personalised Customer Experience – innovations which can simplify, personalise and enhance the journey of every passenger.
- Responsible Business Innovation – delivering a railway network that is better for both the natural environment and for our local communities.
Danny Gonzalez, chief digital and innovation officer at LNER, said: “Our ambition is to truly transform rail travel for the benefit of our customers and communities.
“We’re not just talking about micro-changesthat tinker around the edges. We’re looking to take advantage of some of the world’s latest digital and tech developments to improve our service.
“This is a huge opportunity for brilliant and passionate start-ups to work with us in setting new standards for rail travel in the UK.”
LNER is offering successful applicants unprecedented access to its live operational environments, one-to-one mentoring from senior team members, and the opportunity to apply for funding to scale a proof-of-concept.
Shortlisted companies will be contacted from 8 May and invited to pitch their ideas before three are chosen to move forward to the next stage, where the proof-of-concept will be developed in partnership with LNER. A Demo Day will then be held in Central London in September.
To find out more about LNER FutureLabs, visit www.lnerfuturelabs.co.uk