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Derq Joins the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program 

August 20, 2021



Derq Joins the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program 



Derq Serves as a Key Solution Provider, Offering Smart Solutions for Safer Roads to the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program Ecosystem




DETROIT, MI (August 20, 2021) – DERQa Detroit- and Dubai-based start-up, announced today the company has joined the Qualcomm® Smart Cities Accelerator Program. As part of the Qualcomm® Advantage Network, the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program is designed to connect cities, municipalities, government agencies, and enterprises with an ecosystem of providers offering end-to-end smart city solutions. By connecting members searching for smart city solutions, the program aims to enrich people’s lives through the accelerated transformation of city infrastructure and services. 


According to a 2018 World Health Organization study, there are an estimated 1.35 million traffic fatalities every year due to largely preventable crashes.1 Derq works closely with the automotive industry, state and local governments, and intelligent transportation systems providers to eliminate road fatalities.  


Derq has built an award-winning AI analytics platform that is powering the future of connected and autonomous roads, making cities smarter and safer for all road users and enabling the deployment of autonomous vehicles at scale. Derq has live deployments in the USA, Europe, and the UAE, in forward thinking cities and states including Michigan, Ohio, Nevada, and Dubai. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and Derq have collaborated to demonstrate the benefits of AI and V2X for road safety applications at CES 2019.2 Derq is trusted by global automotive and traffic systems leaders including Motional, DENSO, and Kapsch, and has best-in-class IP with a strong patent portfolio.  


As part of the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program, Derq will showcase a few of its industry leading AI solutions powered by the Derq Platform including: 


  • Derq INSIGHT, which generates an array of real-time safety and traffic insights, providing up-to-date, accurate and granular data enabling in-depth analysis of safety issues, countermeasure development and traffic performance assessment.


  • Derq SENSE, which is an edge-based solution that provides real-time infrastructure-based analytics for off-board cooperative perception and traffic management applications, including V2X applications for connected and autonomous vehicles, adaptive traffic management, and smart pedestrian crosswalks. 


“We’re honored to offer key components of smart infrastructure solutions for smart cities and spaces,” said Dr. Georges, Aoude, CEO and Co-Founder of Derq. “The Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program will help accelerate the deployment of our cutting-edge AI solutions to improve road safety and mobility today, and prepare our partners for the future of connected and autonomous transportation.”  


“We are pleased to welcome Derq to the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program to help build out progressive smart cities deployments with streamlined end-to-end capabilities,” said Sanjeet Pandit, senior director, business development and global head of Smart Cities, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Derq’s unique traffic management infrastructure solutions, Derq INISGHT and Derq SENSE will support the deployment of end to end safety and traffic solutions for cities and spaces.” 


As a member of the Qualcomm Smart Cities Accelerator Program, Derq will work to fast-tack the transformation of cities into safer and smarter environments and help them deliver greater efficiencies, cost savings, safety, and sustainability. 


About Derq:   

Derq is an award-winning MIT-spinoff powering the future of roads for safer and more efficient movement of road users and autonomous vehicles. Through its proprietary and patented technology, Derq provides cities and fleets with an artificial intelligence (AI) platform that powers advanced analytics and connected & autonomous vehicle (CAV) applications to help them improve road safety and better manage traffic. Derq is a Techstars Mobility alumnus, has been recognized as an industry leader by the WEF and has received a number of awards including AI company of the year at SXSW 2019, and Top Road Safety Innovator for Vision Zero in 2020 by Together for Safer Roads. For more information, please visit www.derq.com or contact us at info@derq.com.