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Hi there,

Welcome back everyone - hope those of you in the US had a restful Thanksgiving holiday.

The close of November saw another flurry of developments in the auto tech space, including startups as well as major corporate and CVC announcements:
  • open-sourcing its self-driving software in a bid to become a network company
  • Intel creating a dedicated Autonomous Driving Group (ADG) and entering another alliance with Delphi and Mobileye, following a separate tie-up with BMW and Mobileye earlier this year and Intel Capital's $250M commitment to auto tech investment 
  • BMW ending its self-driving partnership with Baidu and moving its i Ventures arm to Silicon Valley, while also upsizing the fund from €100M to €500M 
As always, you can find the full roundup of deals, announcements, and perspectives further below.

Market map: Supply chain & logistics tech

Financing to private companies working in the supply chain & logistics space has risen steadily, even as broader VC investment has pulled back in 2016.

This rush of funding has fueled a wide range of startups from warehousing and trucking to inventory management and e-commerce logistics. We've mapped out over 150 startups working in these categories and beyond.

For more on investment activity and trends in this space, check out our consolidated 38-slide data briefing.

Have a great rest of the week.


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This Week in Auto Tech
A curated mix of recent articles on auto tech financings, exits, announcements, hirings, partnerships & perspectives.
Deals & Funds
Gett sees $100M loan. After a $300M financing from VW in May, the ride-hailing company has secured a $100M loan from Russia's Sherbank.

Transpod raises $15M. The Canadian hyperloop developer got a $15M (USD) round from Angelo Investments.
PE Hub

Ola raising downround. The leading Indian ride-hailing company is said to be raising new funds at a 40 percent lower valuation than last year.

BMW i Ventures grows up. Munich's venture unit will move from New York to Palo Alto, while also increasing its fund size by fivefold.

Amazon's Alexa Fund introduces accelerator. The Alexa Accelerator, run in concert with TechStars, will invest in IoT domains including connected cars.

Company News
Intel continues auto push. The semiconductor giant has established a group dedicated to autonomous driving, while also inking a deal to supply silicon to Delphi and Mobileye for self-driving applications.
Fortune (ADG) / NY Times (partnership)

Comma open-sources software. After mothballing its planned Comma One product, George Hotz instead has released the startup's software on GitHub.
The Verge

Faraday Future's factory work halted. Construction has stopped on the EV startup's Nevada factory amid continued concerns over financing.
Financial Times

nuTonomy comes home. The MIT spinoff has signed an agreement to bring its autonomous cars to Boston's notoriously tricky streets.
The Verge

Oryx Vision profiled. A closer look at the startup's coherent optical radar, which the company bills as a superior solution to LiDAR sensing units.
IEEE Spectrum

Nissan ramps up connected car services. The Japanese automaker is introducing an option that will ping drivers when vehicle maintenance is required.

A peek at GM's Super Cruise. The automaker's delayed semi-autonomous feature will use facial recognition to track driver attentiveness.

Articles & Perspectives
Marc Andreessen on flying cars. The co-founder of Andreessen Horowitz believes autonomous air transport is closer than most believe.
The Verge

Playback in autonomous vehicles. Unexpected benefits of fully self-piloted vehicles could include the ability to "replay" hot laps from pro drivers on tracks, download curated road trips, and more.

Vehicle hacking overblown? Thus far, the fear of connected vehicles being compromised has outstripped actual attacks on drivers.
The Drive
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