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Safe x Connected Cities Second Cohort Startups Announced

The Safe x Connected Cities Accelerator powered by Highline Beta in partnership with Aviva Canada is kicking off after three new technology startups have been selected to join the pilot program accelerator. Working closely with Aviva Canada and Highline Beta experts, the second cohort will continue to take on the challenge of making an impact on road safety in Canadian communities.





The first cohort saw great success in getting pilots launched, despite the challenges of a global pandemic. And now the program’s second cohort is getting ready to collaborate with Aviva Canada and Highline Beta to continue having an impact on road safety.


The second cohort of three startups was selected based on their ability to make Canadian communities safer and more inclusive for all roadway users, including drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. The startups include:


  • AutoGuardian by SmartCone is designed to empower municipalities to improve traffic flow and make streets and traffic intersections safer for all. Its first-of-its-kind, intelligent safety infrastructure uses sensor fusion technology to create awareness of vehicles, autonomous shuttles, cyclists and pedestrians, giving everyone the time to act and be safe on the road.


  • Numina measures what, where, when, and how things move in streets and open space, with proprietary sensors that leverage computer vision while protecting personal privacy. This data helps city planners, mobility companies, and other stakeholders design safer and more accessible systems for people, bicycles, wheelchairs, strollers, and more.


  • Weatherlogics provides detailed, future weather information for all major highways in Canada and the U.S. so communities know where weather is disrupting transportation and how future weather systems will affect roads and highways.


“Weatherlogics is extremely excited to take part in the Safe x Connected Cities Accelerator. Through this program we aim to reach a larger audience with our road weather forecasts, by providing drivers and communities the information they need to handle dangerous weather on our roads.” - Scott Kehler, President and Chief Scientist


“Kicking off a new accelerator program is always exciting. We look forward to working with the selected startups and helping them succeed. Each one is focused on using innovative, AI-based technology to make roads safer for everyone, which is precisely our goal with the Safe x Connected Cities accelerator.” - Benjamin Yoskovitz, Founding Partner, Highline Beta


Launched in July 2019, the Safe x Connected Cities Accelerator program is a challenge-based platform to help scale startups with a proven ability to tackle road safety, mobility and smart city problems. Highline Beta and Aviva Canada work closely with each startup to provide mentorship, develop proof of concepts and pilot their solutions.