SBB first announced the pilot program, carried out in collaboration with Israeli non-profit organization EcoMotion, last month. At the time, the company published an open call for startups that could offer solutions to eight technological challenges specified by SBB.
These included passenger occupancy optimization, smart management of railway station parking lots, optimal parking of unused train cars, storage and distribution of alternative energy sources, and virtual reality technologies for employee training.
The selected companies will participate in a fully funded three-month collaborative pilot in Switzerland. SBB will invest up to $40,000 in each selected startup. The pilots are expected to conclude in May 2020, at which point SBB will announce one winning startup with which it will launch a more extended collaboration.