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Startup Pill has listed Marine Digital to the 23 Best Navigation Startups in 2021

Best navigation startups

This article showcases Startup Pill’s top picks for the best Navigation startups. These startups are taking a variety of approaches to innovating inside of the Navigation industry and around the world. They are all exceptional startups well worth a follow.

We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.

We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:

  • Innovation
  • Innovative ideas
  • Innovative route to market
  • Innovative product
  • Growth
  • Exceptional growth
  • Exceptional growth strategy
  • Management
  • Societal impact

Marine Digital


We are a technology startup from Latvia currently based in Germany. We bridge the innovation gap in the maritime sector speeding up the era of mass automation processes within the logistics industry.

To reach this goal we develop a fuel optimization system for vessels aiming to build the best data set in the industry. Backed-up by the APX (Porsche and Axel Springer early-stage VC) and industry companies like Marine Software Solutions (1% of the vessel market) and Unimars Group (25 years of maritime history) we have already started to gain the traction in one of the most closed and old fashioned industries in the world...

Xona Space Systems

Xona Space Systems is a developer of Positioning, Navigation, and Timing satellite service. The space system is intended to offer an accurate and secure real-time PNT service.

Its services include a constellation of low-cost Low Earth Orbiting satellites to offer higher availability and location precision, providing customers with accurate and secure PNT satellite service. The Palo Alto, California-headquartered company was established in 2019..


AI based road mapping


Parkaze is an online shared-economy marketplace where you can host and rent privately owned parking spots. As a host, you get a seamless experience by leveraging your privately owned parking spot when you are away to earn more money.

You still have complete control of its availability, price, and rules. As a driver, you can find cheaper and safe alternatives to parking by letting you book spots where ever you go and whenever you go..



Smart Touristic Map

Smart Touristic Map is an information service and guides for tourists visiting the region.


MapUp enables mobility operators to save time and cost on every trip by offering route & road intelligence. As the world transitions into autonomous and on-demand TaaS, MapUp is building a unified routing intelligence and payment platform by integrating disparate & dynamic data sources like tolls, parking, curb data, weather, traffic and payments.

MapUp is growing fast with a network of 3 million+ users and ~700 last-mile delivery, rideshare, logistics companies and owner operators relying on its route intelligence platform TollGuru..

Arrive Mobility



Delivery service


Using vehicle sourcing, RoadDB provides an end-to-end software solution for road data and localization for highly automated driving and ADAS in series production vehicles. RoadDB data is not just another HD map.

RoadDB has gone beyond conventional mapping and computer vision approaches to distill images of the road into exactly the road data needed by vehicle manufacturers for the vehicle control software of highly automated vehicles: * A CAD-like image of the road ahead, with a small data footprint that omits unnecessary points of interest, street names and addresses, and tile structures * A robust localization layer that includes a large number of reference points to position the vehicle in its lane with 10 cm relative accuracy laterally and longitudinally RoadDB’s approach is unlike the approaches of conventional mapmakers and the products for geofenced vehicles such as robotaxis, shuttles, and delivery vehicles. RoadDB’s technology, aimed at series production vehicles: * Covers everywhere RoadDB-equipped vehicles drive * Is continuously updated from road data generated by RoadDB-equipped vehicles * Uses sensors that are already in the vehicle for other functions * Is updated over the air RoadDB has a global presence, with headquarters in Grand Forks, North Dakota, U.S.A.; an engineering center in Chengdu, Sichuan, PRC; and additional staff in France, Germany, Japan, and the UK..

GR Dispatch

GR Dispatch is on-demand delivery management software for courier companies, restaurants, RDS, medical deliveries etc.

OSOW is a trucking logistics and fleet management platform for specialized freight and heavy haul load transport. Our platform enables brokers, carriers, drivers, dispatchers and fleets of all sizes manage their day to day operations faster, easier and cheaper.

Our software enables users to calculate the true cost of hauling a load, optimizes routes based on load and truck parameters, manages the state permitting and issuance process, outlines trip specific state rules and regulations, search and book pilot cars and truck stop layovers and provides automated route navigation compliant with state issued permits. Our goal is to be the one stop shop from trip planning through delivery..

AI in Motion | AIIM

We add intelligence to perception, localization and mapping for use in automated guided vehicles, unmanned ground vehicles, and drones


WeGlad develops an application for safe and personalized mobility, starting from people with disabilities. The company allows users to report obstacles in real time and find routes without architectural barriers.

WeGlad aims to ease up people’s lives through a bottom up paradigm, which studies difficult mobility complications, generating a tool that creates an accessible outdoor environment, and clear information about the indoor facilities. WeGlad was founded in 2019 and is headquartered in Turin, Italy.

Forkbeard Technologies

Forkbeard is taking the GPS revolution indoors. In 986 A.D.

Sweyn Forkbeard, who was known for his navigational expertise, revolted against his father, King Bluetooth, and eventually became his successor. Similarly, Forkbeard’s technology represents a paradigm shift in wireless connectivity and indoor positioning.

Forkbeard’s technology combines the capability of Bluetooth Low Energy with the proven accuracy of ultrasound location technology. Delivering best-in-class indoor accuracy and experience for navigation and positioning use cases, Forkbeard turns indoor position data into valuable business intelligence.

Shotgun is a Dashcam from the device you already carry in your pocket. There are 6 million car accidents in the US every year.

Majority of these rely on he said, she said. Shotgun works by using your phone’s camera to continuously monitor the road ahead.

In the event of a collision, the footage gets stored to your phone..

Companion Technologies

Companion makes AR-based car navigation equipment for less distracted driving.


Exodronics provide solutions for deep knowledge of territorially distributed assets and processes in order to optimize their management.


SIRM offers a support network for telecommunications, navigation, security and IT solutions for worldwide service GMDSS NAVCOM.


Bootdigitaal supplies and assembles digital systems for water sports.


WhatsNear is a Free city Guide application Operating Globally. with WhatsNear you can find near by places and get directions of places.

this app will find near by places like coffee shop like starbucks, highland, restaurants , stores , gas station, ATM and many more places around you...

Accessible Roads

Accessible Roads enables live navigation on accessible streets and roadways for people with disabilities.


A map of the best sightseeing, shopping, restaurant and nightlife areas in cities around the world.


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