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Sadiq Khan vows to make London the world’s leading smart city

Sadiq Khan pledged on Monday to make London the world’s leading smart city as he unveiled a new incubator for startups devoted to tackling pollution and climate change.

Speaking at the launch of London Tech Week, the London mayor said the potential for technology to address social, economic and environmental challenges was immeasurable.

“My ambition now is to harness the new technologies that are being pioneered right here to transform London into the world’s leading smart city,” said Mr Khan.

The Better Future incubator will be based at Plexal, a new innovation hub at Here East in the Olympic Village, and will support up to 100 startups focused on creating low-carbon and climate-friendly technology.

The launch of London Tech Week also marked the opening of a Global Disability Innovation Hub at Here East to support startups devoted to making housing and transport more accessible.

Former Paralympian Lord Chris Holmes, who will chair the centre, said: “I have personally benefited from assistive technology and believe truly inclusive design not only removes barriers to disabled people but also, essentially, benefits everyone by leading to ground breaking technological solutions or applications and truly excellent design.”

Here East will also host Ford’s new smart mobility hub, it was revealed today.

Steven Armstrong, Ford’s president of Europe, Middle East and Africa, said: “Basing our rapidly growing team here in the heart of mobility innovation in London is critical to accelerating our learning and development of new technologies.

“The location at Here East will allow us greater collaboration and the out-of-the-box thinking needed to tackle the urban transport challenges of tomorrow.”