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During this week's Intel Capital Global Summit, the chipmaker's VC arm announced $38M in investments to 12 startups. One of these was Chronocam, a French company developing imaging sensors and vision algorithms for applications such as advanced driver assistance and self-driving tech.

Vision and sensor startups have been hot commodities as investors and corporates look for opportunities within the autonomous ecosystem. We profiled four such VC-backed startups that have secured funding since August of this year.



If you're interested in more on computer vision generally, check out our market map of 60+ startups utilizing deep learning for vision and a number of other disciplines.



Supply chain & logistics startups on the rise

Uber's freight ambitions took another step forward this week, with Otto completing its first (partially) self-driven delivery and the company soft launching its Uber Freight service.

As we've noted in previous issues, tech companies are increasingly targeting fields within supply chain and logistics. Digging into the data, we see a sharp rise in deals and dollars flowing into the space. We also broke down trends by stage and the most active investors.



Have a great rest of the week.


Kerry
@kerrygwu

4 startups developing sensing and vision solutions for autonomous vehicles

A look into four sensing and vision startups that have raised since August as investors hunt for opportunities within the self-driving ecosystem. See the companies.
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Deals to supply chain & logistics tech startups spike

Of the top 5 most well-funded companies, four are in Asia. Check out the analysis.
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Auto tech startups on pace for first billion-dollar year

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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
Chronocam raises $15M. The French vision sensor startup raised its Series B from investors including Intel Capital, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, and Renault.
TechCrunch

Company News & Personnel Moves
Otto delivery and Uber Freight. Uber's Otto self-driving truck made its first delivery of 50k beers, though a human driver was still on hand for the urban legs of the trip. Meanwhile, Uber soft-launched its freight service.
WIRED (Otto) / MIT Technology Review (Uber Freight)

Alphabet's X graduates self-driving car. Just over a year after hiring John Krafcik as CEO, the Google self-driving car project is becoming a standalone Alphabet business. For more on Alphabet, check out our 7,000 word teardown.
WSJ

JLR and Ford test connected cars. The automakers are the first to test V2V and V2X communications technology in Britain.

Reuters

Savari and SAIC partner. Chinese automaker SAIC Motors will distribute V2X technology from Savari, a US-based startup. They plan a 10,000-vehicle, live smart city test with the company's V2X tech.
Automotive IT

Navdy begins shipping. The startup has begun shipping its connected heads-up display (HUD) to consumers. Varun Jain (@jvarun83) of Qualcomm Ventures weighed in on the launch.
Varun Jain via LinkedIn


Didi's global ambitions. President Jean Liu confirmed that the Chinese ride-hailing giant will "definitely" expand its operations beyond its home country.
Bloomberg

More VTOL aircraft concepts. Uber released a 99-page whitepaper outlining a future involving vertical-takeoff transportation, while Airbus also released an autonomous VTOL aircraft concept.
Uber / Electrek (Airbus concept)

Atieva rebrands, pulls curtain on prototype. The EV maker, which we profiled in last week's issue, rebranded to Lucid Motors and promised a fully autonomous electric sedan with over 300 miles of range.
CNET Roadshow

Toyota stays conservative. The Japanese automaker will eschew full autonomy in favor of employing new technologies to assist drivers.

Automotive News

Articles & Perspectives
EULAs are infecting hardware. Albert Wenger (@albertwenger) of Union Square Ventures writes about the encroachment of software licensing agreements on physical objects like Tesla's vehicles.
Continuations
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