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Sixteen Semi-Finalists for City Architecture for Tomorrow Challenge Unveiled


AUGUST 13, 2020

Sixteen cutting-edge solution ideas were unveiled as semifinalists for the City Architecture for Tomorrow Challenge (CATCH). The Toyota Mobility foundation (TMF) launched CATCH in February 2020 with a global call for dynamic, intelligent and data-driven solutions to address mobility and city planning challenges in Kuala Lumpur.


Illustration of city scape with various vehicles and trains

During the application period which ended 30th June 2020, more than 90 global teams submitted their innovative, deep tech ideas to reimagine city planning through the effective usage of data. After careful consideration, TMF has identified the following sixteen teams as semi-finalists, best suited to CATCH’s problem statement and the five assessment criteria of creativity, desirability, feasibility, sustainability and technicality. These teams will be asked to further develop their ideas into proofs of concept (POC) and at this stage will each receive a grant of up to $5,000 for financial support. Furthermore, they will have access to datasets from public and private agency partners to CATCH which will help them identify daily mobility challenges in Kuala Lumpur.

Pras Ganesh, Program Director of TMF commented: “We are thrilled to announce 16 world-class ideas that represent the data-driven future of sustainable and efficient city planning and mobility. We look forward to working with these semi-finalists to advance their ideas towards realistic and beneficial proofs of concept.”

The sixteen semi-finalists are as follows:

Company Name Country Solution Description
ARS T&TT India / The Netherlands Traffic data warehousing solution using machine learning technology enabling inclusive transport network management for all
Asia Mobilliti Malaysia On-demand microtransit & mobility analytics for first mile/last-mile connectivity
GeoSpock UK Unique analytics database technology enabling smart city
data fusion to power advanced multimodal transport
Hayden AI Technologies USA Artificial Intelligence powered mobile data collection platform for enhancing safety and efficiency in Smarter Cities
iLocator Germany Infrastructure data acquisition from 3rd party data and sensors for machine learning and AI-based analytics
KERB Malaysia Peer-to-peer (P2P) parking marketplace and B2B "contactless" + "mobile-first" parking management platform
Liftango Australia Demand-responsive scheduling and routing optimization for urban and regional transit
Milenio Bus Brazil Real-time ridership analytics for efficient public transport operations 
Mytraffic Malaysia Smart city platform with traffic signal optimization utilizing live video stream
Numina  USA Multimodal traffic flow measurement and analytics, using privacy-first computer vision
Parkit Malaysia Peer-to-peer (P2P) parking sharing platform
Rapid Flow Technologies, Inc. USA AI-based traffic signal optimization with two-way communication with vehicles and pedestrians
RUNWITHIT Synthetics Canada  Live, geospatial, AI-based synthetic data modelling for mobility, electrification and human development
Sensagrate USA AI-based real-time computer vision and analytics for traffic optimization and safety
Spot Parking Australia Digital mapping technology for curbside rules and parking finder algorithm for improved urban mobility
UNL Singapore A smart addressing platform for navigation and location-based services

Conceptualizing Data-Driven Innovations to Reality

TMF will continue to work together with strategic partners including Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), the Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) and its data partners to support the semi-finalists to enhance their ideas until the selection of finalists in October, through financial grant support, mobility data, and mentorship provided by experts and judges supporting this program.

Through CATCH, TMF hopes to unlock human-centric, data-driven innovations to further ‘Mobility for All’ for residents of Kuala Lumpur.

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About Toyota Mobility Foundation

The Toyota Mobility Foundation was established in August 2014 to support the development of a more mobile society. The Foundation aims to support strong and equitable mobility systems. It utilizes Toyota’s expertise in technology, safety, and the environment, working in partnership with universities, government, non-profit organizations, research institutions and other organizations to address mobility issues around the world. Solutions till date have aimed at resolving urban transportation problems, expanding the utilization of multi-modal mobility, and developing solutions for future generations.


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