TfL has partnered with Bosch to ‘tackle transport problems of the future’.
An 18-month pilot programme will match leading technical experts from TfL and Bosch with a range of small businesses and start-ups, to help understand how data and technology could be used to solve key transport issues.
These include more efficient, greener and safer vehicles, reducing congestion and encouraging more people to walk, cycle and take public transport across London.
TfL will provide technical knowledge and a wide range of datasets to allow companies to test ideas and understand patterns, based on TfL's existing Unified API and open data platform.
Bosch will dedicate urban mobility professionals to provide technical expertise, guidance and mentoring, and will also provide dedicated space for TfL and selected start-ups within its new 'Connectory' facility in Shoreditch.
Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said: "This initiative will foster closer working between London's tech sector and other leading tech cities.
“If we are to use data and smart technology to help solve the biggest problems our city faces, it's crucial we take a more collaborative approach.
“I see London's future as a global 'test-bed city' for civic innovation, where the best ideas are developed, amplified and scaled.
“I've been clear I want London to become the world's smartest city and this is a further step towards realising that ambition."