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Autotech Startup Cognata Raises $18.5 Million

Autotech Startup Cognata Raises $18.5 Million

The Israel-based company develops a simulation program for training artificial intelligence-based systems

Meir Orbach | 15:59  17.10.2018
Israel-based autotech company Cognata Ltd. has raised $18.5 million in a series B round led by existing investors Airbus Ventures, E.Merge Group, and Maniv Mobility, and new investor Global IoT Technology Ventures. The round brings Cognata's total equity funding to $23.5 million.

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Founded in 2016 and based in Rehovot, a town in central Israel, Cognata develops an artificial intelligence-based system capable of simulating various situations a self-driving car may encounter within a specific city. The system is meant to reduce the time and resources required for testing the vehicles in real-life situations.

Cognata CEO Danny Atsmon. Photo: PR Cognata CEO Danny Atsmon. Photo: PR Cognata CEO Danny Atsmon. Photo: PR

In June, Cognata announced a partnership with Autonomous Intelligent Driving GmbH (AID), a Munich-based subsidiary of German automaker Audi AG. As part of the collaboration, AID will use Cognata’s technology to test its autonomous vehicles.

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Cognata intends to use the funding to increase its employee count, currently at 30 people, and expand its presence in China, Germany, the U.S., and Japan.

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