Israeli car sensor company Innoviz Technologies has raised $65 million in a Series B financing round. Strategic partners and tier 1 suppliers Delphi Automotive PLC and Magna International participated in the round, along with additional new investors including 360 Capital Partners, Glory Ventures, Naver and others. All Series A investors, including Zohar Zisapel, Vertex Venture Capital, Magma Venture Partners, Amiti Ventures and Delek Motors, participated in the round. The company has raised $74 million to date including this round and a second closing of this round will be announced soon, introducing additional strategic partners.
Kfar Saba based Innoviz provides LiDAR sensing solutions designed for the mass commercialization of autonomous vehicles. The company also announced today that its groundbreaking LiDAR solution has moved into mass production.
Innoviz cofounder and CEO Omer Keliaf said, "As the autonomous driving market matures, Innoviz has clearly established itself among industry leaders not only as the best-in-class LiDAR solution but also as an integral part of the overall autonomous vehicle stack. Today's financing from strategic partners such as Magna and Delphi demonstrates their support for Innoviz as the industry's leading option for high-performing LiDAR and is further proof that we have moved into the next phase of our growth. Given both Magna's and Delphi's unwavering commitment to high performance and high safety standards, investing in and partnering with Innoviz is a natural choice. With their joint efforts, we will be able to scale more quickly and put autonomous driving technology on the road much faster."
Innoviz offers disruptive LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) technology that leverages the company's proprietary System, MEMS and Detector designs to give autonomous vehicles superior sensing capabilities, even in challenging environments such as bright direct sunlight, varying weather conditions and multi-LiDAR environments. The company's unique solid-state design is smaller, more reliable and more durable than existing LiDAR solutions. InnovizPro™, a development platform designed to provide auto manufacturers, Tier 1 suppliers and technology companies with the most advanced LiDAR available for testing and development, will be available in Q1 of 2018. Samples of InnovizOne™, the company's automotive grade LiDAR device for levels 3 - 5 autonomous driving, will be available in 2019.
With over 75 employees today, the company has grown quickly since its inception in January 2016 and has achieved a number of significant milestones to help it eclipse competing LiDAR developers in a short timeframe. In December 2016, Innoviz publicly announced its first partnership with the leading Tier 1 automotive supplier, Magna International Inc, enabling Magna and Innoviz to jointly collaborate on various OEM programs. In May 2017, Innoviz announced a partnership with manufacturing company Jabil Optics to mass produce InnovizPro. In August 2017, Innoviz signed a commercial partnership agreement with Delphi, a leader in autonomous driving software and sensors, to integrate its LiDAR into Delphi's systems and create an industry-leading standard for LiDAR integration into autonomous driving systems.
"While other LiDAR companies remain in the research and development stage, Innoviz is moving into mass production with LiDAR technology that delivers superior performance and affordability in a compact and reliable design," said Zohar Zisapel, Investor, co-founder and chairman at Innoviz. "Innoviz has set the gold standard for autonomous vehicle LiDAR, and this latest round validates the company's ability to lead the industry forward."
The funding will enable Innoviz to take its technology to mass production while scaling its computer vision activity, forging new strategic collaborations, and penetrating new areas of development. The company will also hire aggressively to fill positions in engineering, design, sales and other key functions, as well as open new support offices in important regions.
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on September 7, 2017
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