Autonomous Vehicle Startup Kodiak Robotics Raises $40 Million

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Autonomous Vehicle Startup Kodiak Robotics Raises $40 Million

Founded earlier this year, Kodiak Robotics aims to develop new autonomous driving technologies for the long-haul trucking market

CTech  17:26  07.08.18
Autonomous-vehicle startup Kodiak Robotics announced Tuesday it raised $40 million in Series A financing led by Battery Ventures and participated by CRV, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Tusk Ventures. The company aims to develop new autonomous driving technologies for the long-haul trucking market.

Based in Mountain View, California, Kodiak was founded earlier this year by Don Burnette, co-founder of driverless trucking company Otto which was bought by Uber in 2016, and Israeli Paz Eshel, a venture capitalist and a former vice president at Battery Ventures. In his latest role, Eshel led Battery Ventures’ autonomous-vehicle investment project. In a statement, Kodiak Robotics said it will use the financing to expand its team and to continue product development.

Kodiak Robotics co-founders Burnette (left) and Eshel. Photo: Business Wire Kodiak Robotics co-founders Burnette (left) and Eshel. Photo: Business Wire Kodiak Robotics co-founders Burnette (left) and Eshel. Photo: Business Wire

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