Baidu AI chief steps down. ARM targets auto market. Another self-driving startup revealed.
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On Tuesday, we caught a glimpse into Aurora Innovation's fundraising efforts, as our engine picked up an SEC filing under the company's name. The Form D shows the startup has sold $3.1M of a $3.2M offering.

Aurora is of course the brainchild of Chris Urmson (ex-Google car/Waymo director) and Sterling Anderson (ex-Tesla Autopilot director), against which Tesla has filed suit for alleged theft of confidential information and employee poaching.

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Another filing caught by our data collection platform was for Wrightspeed, which has sold $8M of a $25M offering. Wrightspeed develops range-extended electric powertrains for heavy-duty applications.

This week in auto tech

Other news followed several trends we've discussed in recent issues:
  • Computer vision & sensing remains hot, with DeepScale raising its seed round from a range of VCs
  • The previously stealthy AutoX unveiled its camera-only self-driving system, joining a LiDAR-free club including Tesla, AImotive (fka AdasWorks), and Starsky Robotics
  • Delivery robots from Marble and Starship Technologies continue development
  • Newcomer "suppliers" like Microsoft and ARM continue pushing into the auto space
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This Week in Auto Tech
A curated mix of recent articles on auto tech financings, exits, announcements, hirings, partnerships & perspectives.
DeepScale raises $3M. The perception startup has raised a seed round from investors including Bessemer Venture Partners, Greylock, and AutoTech Ventures.


Aurora Innovation financing. An SEC filing shows that the self-driving startup has sold just over $3.1M of a $3.2M offering.
CB Insights / SEC

Autotalks round. The Israeli vehicle-to-vehicle communications company has raised $30M from both new and existing investors.

Startupbootcamp transport & energy class. Startups selected range from connected car companies to supply chain optimization and delivery networks.

YC W17. Among the auto tech and transport highlights: lvl5, a computer vision-based mapping company for self-driving cars; and Wright Electric, which hopes to build electric short-haul airplanes.

Boom's Series A. The supersonic airliner startup has raised a $33M Series A from 8VC, RRE Ventures, the YC Continuity Fund, and more.

Wrightspeed fundraising. The manufacturer of range-extended, heavy-duty electric powertrains has sold $8M of a $25M offering.
CB Insights / SEC

Delivery robot tests expand. Marble's robot, branded with Yelp/Eat24 stickers, was spotted on the streets of San Francisco (although potentially just for a photo shoot). Meanwhile, DoorDash has started a pilot in California involving six of Starship Technologies' delivery robots.

TechCrunch / Buzzfeed

AutoX reveals self-driving system. An interview with founder Jianxiong Xiao and preview video showcases the startup's LiDAR-less driving sytem.

RightHook emerges from stealth. The startup is developing self-driving vehicle simulation tech, and has announced their first testing platform, Similr.
PR Newswire

Microsoft's connected car ambitions. The tech veteran has agreed to license its connected car patents to existing partner Toyota.

ARM unveils chip targeted at AI, self-driving. The semiconductor design firm's latest DynamIQ SoC is aimed at high-end IoT applications as well as data centers.

Baidu AI chief steps down. Top deep learning luminary Andrew Ng is departing the company, likely by the end of April.
VentureBeat / Medium

Uber growth continues amid turmoil. The company's growth through the first 10 weeks of 2017 has eclipsed its 2016 figures, even as lawsuits and scandals have rocked the company.

Waymo hires VP of policy. Its new vice president will handle public policy and government affairs as the company looks towards deploying its vehicles.

Mobike expands to Singapore. The well-funded Chinese bike-sharing company has made its first expansion outside of China.
Tech in Asia

Articles & Perspectives
Amazon's battle to break into groceries. A profile on the e-commerce giant's efforts to crack the $800B market with both delivery and brick-and-mortar efforts.


Inrix's top cities for AV deployment. The mapping and navigation company used its data to analyze the US cities that might benefit most from AV deployment.

Inside the South's auto jobs boom. The American South's auto manufacturing surge renaissance has come with a heavy human cost.
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