Published On: Mon, Jun 26th, 2017

Israeli Startup Autotalks Extends Funding Round to $40 Million

Toyota investment arm Mirai Creation Investment Fund is a new participant in the company's D round.

 

Israeli V2X (Vehicle to Everything) communication chipsets company Autotalks has announced an extension to its recent funding round. Autotalks completed its Series D round with about $40 million in investments, an oversubscription of $10 million. The increased investment amount is a result of new investments from investors such as Mirai Creation Investment Fund, of which the principal investors are Toyota Motor Corporation and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation, and which is managed by SPARX Group. Additionally, current Autotalks investors increased their investment in the company.

Autotalks helps reduce collisions on roadways and improve mobility with its qualified automotive chipsets.

One of the V2X market’s key drivers is the rush of automotive OEMs and Tier1s to mass market V2X systems in vehicles. As the US Department of Transportation (USDOT)‘s NPRM (Notice for Proposed Rule Making) will soon be in effect, leading global automotive companies are ahead of regulation. Therefore, after several designs win, Autotalks founded in 2008, is quickly preparing for mass production starting in 2019.

Autotalks CEO Hagai Zyss said, “The funding round will allow Autotalks to prepare and expand its operations for the upcoming start of mass productions as well as continue to develop communication solutions for both connected and autonomous cars. As a result, Autotalks will continue to stay a step or two ahead of its competition as has been the case since the company’s inception.”

Shuhei Abe, CEO of SPARX Group, the operator of Mirai Creation Investment Limited Partnership, said, “Mirai Creation Fund believes that automobiles are no longer only concerned with the safety of driving, but rather there is a possibility that vehicles will become a hub even to gather vehicle information. We believe that V2X technology will play a significant role for automobiles to be that kind of hub. It is our great pleasure to be able to invest in Autotalks, one of the most advanced companies in the field and expect bigger growth shortly.”

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