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The Complete List of 14 Autonomous Vehicles Unicorns

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I'm sure you've heard the term unicorn before.

It refers to a privately held company that has achieved a $1 billion valuation.

These private companies are rare because reaching the billion-dollar mark is incredibly challenging.

Only 0.004% of all venture-backed companies achieve this distinction – but the Autonomous Vehicles industry is home to 14 unicorns including some of the biggest in the world.

14 Autonomous Vehicles Unicorns Companies

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ZongMu Technology

ZongMu Technology

Zongmu Technology is a Chinese self-driving tech firm.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $11.40

    B (

    June 2021

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Shanghai

  • Started in:

    2013

  • Founders:

    Rui Tang

  • Industries:

    Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Robotics

  • Number of employees:

    10-50

  • Funding Amount:

    $210.83M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    11

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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:

    $8.60

    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:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $2,132.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    12

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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:

    $500.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    3

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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:

    $1,093.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    28

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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:

    $5.00

    B (

    February 2019

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Beijing

  • 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:

    $253.02M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    9

  • Number of investors:

    43

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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:

    $193.24M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    8

  • Number of investors:

    28

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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:

    $3.60

    B (

    October 2020

    )

  • Country:

    United States

  • City:

    Mountain View

  • Started in:

    2017

  • Founders:

    Peter Ludwig, Qasar Younis

  • Industries:

    Autonomous Vehicles, Enterprise Software, Infrastructure, Software

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $340.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    19

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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:

    $3.30

    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:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $789.00M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    9

  • Number of investors:

    26

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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:

    $330.93M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    9

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Einride

Einride

Einride is an electric and autonomous freight tech company that designs and develops technologies for transportation systems.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.44

    B (

    December 2021

    )

  • Country:

    Sweden

  • City:

    Stockholm

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Filip Lilja, Linnea Kornehed, Robert Falck

  • Industries:

    Autonomous Vehicles, Electric Vehicle, Logistics, Transportation

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $150.82M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    15

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UISEE Technology

UISEE Technology

UISEE provides leading-edge products on autonomous driving and transformative services on mobility on demand.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.08

    B (

    January 2021

    )

  • Country:

    China

  • City:

    Beijing

  • Started in:

    2016

  • Founders:

    Gansha Wu, Yan Jiang

  • Industries:

    Autonomous Vehicles, Machine Learning, Robotics

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $2,700.97M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    5

  • Number of investors:

    11

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Hesai Tech

Hesai Tech

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:

    $717.29M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    9

  • Number of investors:

    18

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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:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $11.54M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    2

  • Number of investors:

    6

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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:

    $171.05M

  • Number of funding rounds:

    12

  • Number of investors:

    23

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