Autonomous Vehicles Unicorns

14 Autonomous Vehicles Companies that went to Become Unicorns

If you're building an autonomous vehicle startup, you must check these 14 companies that have joined the unicorn club.

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Autonomous Vehicles has been one of the most talked-about technologies for the last decade.

It has been the darling technology behind many entrepreneurs who wanted to build large tech startups and achieve unicorn status.

And it is not surprising, given that it can be used to build so many ventures.

At the moment, 14 Autonomous Vehicles startups have achieved unicorn status.

14 Autonomous Vehicles Companies that Became Unicorns

Applied Intuition

Applied Intuition

Applied Intuition provides the technologies and process to safely advance the development, testing, and deployment of autonomous vehicles.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.25

    B (

    October 2020

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Sunnyvale

  • Started in:

    2017

  • Founders:

    Peter Ludwig, Qasar Younis

  • Industries:

    Autonomous Vehicles, Enterprise Software, Infrastructure, Software

  • Number of employees:

    1-10

  • Funding Amount:

    $176,500,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    14

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Argo AI

Argo AI

Argo AI is an artificial intelligence company that designs, builds and deploys self-driving technology.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $7.25

    B (

    July 2019

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Pittsburgh

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Bryan Salesky, Peter Rander

  • Industries:

    Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Robotics, Transportation

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $3,600,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    2

  • Number of investors:

    2

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Aurora

Aurora

Aurora is building self-driving systems that deliver safety, mobility, and productivity to the world.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $10.00

    B (

    February 2019

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Mountain View

  • Started in:

    2017

  • Founders:

    Chris Urmson, J. Andrew Bagnell, Sterling Anderson

  • Industries:

    Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Transportation

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $1,090,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    14

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Banma Network Technologies

Banma Network Technologies

Banma Network Technologies is a next-generation automotive technology company that offers the first standard operating system for cars, the AliOS.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    September 2018

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Shanghai

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Alex Shi

  • Industries:

    Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Internet

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $233,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    1

  • Number of investors:

    3

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BYTON

BYTON

BYTON is a global company that designs, develops, and markets smart connected electric vehicles.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.50

    B (

    April 2018

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Nanjing

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Carsten Breitfeld, Daniel Kirchert

  • Industries:

    Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Electric Vehicle

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $1,200,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    9

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Hesai Technology

Hesai Technology

Hesai has designed the first fully-autonomous radar based on laser-microwave technology that accurately detects moving obstacles and recognizes static obstacles with the highest accuracy.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.05

    B (

    August 2020

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Shanghai

  • Started in:

    2013

  • Founders:

    Kai Sun, Shaoqing Xiang, Yifan Li

  • Industries:

    Autonomous Vehicles, Laser, Manufacturing, Sensor, Transportation

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $231,151,155

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    11

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Horizon Robotics

Horizon Robotics

Horizon Robotics Limited is a world leader in artificial intelligence (AI) computing for smart mobility, providing scalable solutions that power the future of automated driving systems.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $3.00

    B (

    February 2019

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Haidian

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Annie Tao, Chang Huang, Kai Yu, Ming Yang

  • Industries:

    Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Machine Learning, Robotics

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $1,600,300,002

  • Number of funding rounds:

    8

  • Number of investors:

    42

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Momenta

Momenta

Momenta specializes in autonomous vehicle software that manages the interaction between transportation infrastructure and connected vehicles.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    October 2018

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Beijing

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Gang Sun, Shaoqing Ren, Xudong Cao, Yan Xia

  • Industries:

    Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Computer Vision, Mapping Services, Software

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $703,150,880

  • Number of funding rounds:

    10

  • Number of investors:

    21

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Nuro

Nuro

Nuro develops and operates a fleet of autonomous vehicles that operate 24/7 to safely deliver goods to their destinations efficiently.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $5.00

    B (

    February 2019

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Mountain View

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Dave Ferguson, Jiajun Zhu

  • Industries:

    Autonomous Vehicles, Fleet Management, Information Technology, Robotics, Transportation

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $1,532,148,855

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    9

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Pony.ai

Pony.ai

Pony.ai is revolutionizing the autonomous vehicle sector by providing a high-quality experience that surpasses its competitors.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $5.30

    B (

    July 2018

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Fremont

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    James Peng, Tiancheng Lou

  • Industries:

    Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Transportation

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $1,093,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    28

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Quanergy Systems

Quanergy Systems

Quanergy develops smart sensing solutions for the automotive industry, including LIDAR and 3D cameras.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.00

    B (

    August 2016

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Sunnyvale

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Louay Eldada, Tianyue Yu

  • Industries:

    3D Technology, Autonomous Vehicles, Information Services, Information Technology, Mapping Services, Navigation, Robotics

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $135,308,960

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    13

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Waymo

Waymo

We focus on self-driving technology to improve transportation and bring their customers an amazing experience.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $30

    B (

    April 2021

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Mountain View

  • Started in:

    2009

  • Founders:

    No Data

  • Industries:

    Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Robotics, Sensor, Software, Transportation

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $3,000,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    2

  • Number of investors:

    11

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WeRide

WeRide

WeRide is developing and commercializing advanced software and hardware technologies for self-driving cars.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.35

    B (

    December 2020

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Guangzhou

  • Started in:

    2017

  • Founders:

    Qing Lu, Tony Han, Yan Li

  • Industries:

    Artificial Intelligence, Autonomous Vehicles, Computer, Software

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    $310,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    8

  • Number of investors:

    24

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WM Motor

WM Motor

WM Motor is an all-electric company that designs, builds, and markets super safe zero emissions vehicles.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $5.00

    B (

    March 2019

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Shanghai

  • Started in:

    2015

  • Founders:

    Bin Lu, Hui Shen, Ligang Du

  • Industries:

    Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Electric Vehicle, Manufacturing

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $4,859,399,622

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    24

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