If you’re active on any social media sites, you’ve probably read that here in Portland we’ve been having the second wettest stretch of months in 75 years. It’s been really wearing on us… but the good news is we’re seeing the sun again – and we’re pretty excited about it. There’s other good news for us to be excited about, too: our next Cohort!

Earlier this month we welcomed two companies, LISNR and PILOT, to the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator. These companies joined us May 1st and make up our sixth cohort since launching the program in January of 2016. One takes us into a new space: data transmission over audio, and the other provides opportunities to continue advancing our explorations into the connected car space.

Read on to learn more about LISNR and PILOT and why they were selected to participate in our program.

It’s becoming increasingly difficult to facilitate connections between devices in close proximity to each other due to issues like bad connectivity, limited range, battery drainage, and the need for additional hardware. LISNR’s aims to solve these problems – and more – through its proprietary ultrasonic audio technology which uses software and sound to securely transmit customizable streams of data every second over audio that is just above the human hearing range.

LISNR’s current goal is to improve overall in-car connectivity as it relates to seat personalization, remote app pairing, and keyless access. The company is also working to eliminate the risks of peer-to-peer data transmission over connected devices through its ability to transmit data in an offline environment.

Jaguar Land Rover is excited to partner with LISNR and explore future use of the existing in car audio system for applications beyond just audio such as proximity data transmission, second-screen functionality, and in-vehicle aggregated media experiences.

PILOT’s mission is to reduce the number of lives that are lost in traffic accidents every year. The startup believes that existing cars could be made smarter and safer by using their technology.

Instead of developing a fully autonomous car which could take 10 to 15 years, PILOT has built a 3-part solution that offers the ability to apply modern Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) features, and autonomous driving capabilities, to legacy vehicles currently on the roads.

PILOT can assist with navigation, monitoring of blind spots, road sign recognition, surround view, collision avoidance, emergency 911 calls, parking assistance, lane departure alert, and obstacle detection. Through collaboration with the PILOT team we will be able to further investigate using crowd sourced data from aftermarket Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) solutions to build the next generation of autonomy algorithms.

The technologies LISNR and PILOT are developing present us with endless opportunities to broaden our scope of knowledge across future technologies. We’re excited to spend the next six months working alongside these teams, and looking forward to seeing what comes out of the partnerships.

Applications for our next cohort are now open. If you’re part of a startup building innovative technology that has the potential to be adapted and/or integrated into an automotive environment and would like to learn more about the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator program, simply click here.