i3 | February 27, 2019

International Focus: London, England

Mark Chisholm
London Bridge

London may see Self-Driving Car Services by 2021

A partnership between Addison Lee, a private hire firm, and autonomous vehicle software company Oxbotica may bring self-driving cars to London’s streets in the next three years. Addison Lee’s fleet of cabs may soon be driving themselves, once Oxbotica is done mapping the more than 250,000 miles of roads.

Tech at the London Tourism Summit

At World Travel Market 2018 in London, one of the world’s largest tourism tradeshows, technology’s role in tourism was discussed at length during the UNWTO/WTM Ministers Summit, a panel composed of leaders from the private sector alongside ministers. Major themes in the discussion was the need for expanded public-private partnerships, and the desire for less regulatory red tape.

Accelerator Looks to Advance Female-Led Startups

A newly launched accelerator is aiming to bridge the gender gap in tech by promoting and supporting startups with female founders. We in Social Tech, based in London, will provide bespoke consultancy packages to 60 businesses over the next year and a half, as well as connecting them with potential investors, according to Nwes, the organization responsible for the accelerator.

London Named a Leading Hub for Startups

Intelligence firm Quid named London one of the leading hubs for tech startups in its recently released Innovation Mapping Report, released in November. The report shows that London is at the top of the charts when examining startup growth, investment and research into new technologies. According to the report, London has attracted $34.2 billion in growth capital over the last 10 years.

Smart Glasses Make Theatrical Debut in London

The Royal National Theatre has begun testing a pilot program for distributing smart glasses that project an overlay of captions for theatergoers, making live theater more accessible for the hearing impaired. "The response has been overwhelmingly positive for deaf theatergoers who would like to come into the theatre anytime they want," said Jonathan Suffolk, technical director for the National Theatre. The smart glasses are available free of charge at every performance through the pilot program, which stretches through the 2019 season.

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