A historical culture of innovation
From the first rubber-tyred metro in the late 1950s to contactless travel passes, the first wide-gauge automated metro, and the first automation of an incumbent line without an interruption in traffic… over the decades, our Group has developed expertise that has become the world reference in numerous areas.
Today, our innovation strategy is structured around four priorities: technical and project innovation, so that we are always at the forefront of our sector; innovation in transport services, to propose new mobility solutions; digital innovation, on behalf of our passengers and all of the Group’s lines of business; and innovation for a sustainable city, to propose more virtuous urban models.
An open approach to innovation
The digital revolution and the energy transition are having a profound impact on the mobility sector. Our open approach to innovation (“open innovation”) helps us to create new sustainable mobility offerings, as well as original and useful services for our passengers.
We work with dozens of start-ups in the countries where we do business as part of RATP’s veritable innovation eco-system. A “one-stop shop” for start-ups created in 2017 will allow them to make rapid contact with our experts in charge of selecting and making short cycle assessments of solutions proposed by new players.
In early 2017, we created RATP Capital Innovation, a subsidiary dedicated to investments in start-ups that marks a new phase in the implementation of our innovation strategy. The subsidiary will invest in innovative start-ups and take equity stakes in investment funds whose investment themes correspond to our key innovation and development priorities.
As part of its targeted investment policy, RATP Capital Innovation has already invested in several start-ups that epitomise new and shared individual forms of mobility: car-pooling with Communauto, commute car-sharing with Klaxit (previously known as WayzUp), transport services for fragile passengers with Citizen Mobility and a significant equity stake in Cityscoot, the leader in self-service scooters.
We are also developing a participative innovation strategy to stimulate the creativity of our staff. Numerous challenges, notably in the field of sustainable development, and in-house awards thus facilitate the emergence of concrete initiatives that are shared with as many people as possible.
We have an in-house entrepreneurship system called BOUGE! (MOVE!), which helps employees put forward innovative proposals of interest to our Group. Participants whose projects are selected benefit from start-up mode support to transform their innovative concepts into up-and-running commercial offers.