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Innoviz Technologies raises $132M in Series C funding to accelerate solid-state lidar production; total funding reaches $214M

Innoviz Technologies, a provider of high-performance, solid-state lidar sensors and perception software, raised $132 million in Series C funding.

The round is marked by the entrance of new major investors China Merchants Capital (SINO-BLR Industrial Investment Fund, L.P.), Shenzhen Capital Group and New Alliance Capital; and Israeli institutional investors Harel Insurance Investments and Financial Services and Phoenix Insurance Company.

Given demand from additional investors, the Series C round will remain open for a second closing to be announced in the coming months.

This significant raise will support Innoviz’s commercialization of its InnovizPro and InnovizOne solid-state lidar solutions and address growing demand for autonomous vehicles (AV) technologies worldwide.

The company is focusing expansion efforts in key automotive markets including the US, Europe, Japan and China. Innoviz also plans to expand its research and development efforts by investing in the buildout of next-generation products and software that will feature more cost reductions and improved performance.

This fundraising enables many of the substantial commitments it takes to bring this technology to market at a massive scale—the scale required by Tier 1 suppliers and automakers leveraging lidar to deliver autonomous vehicles to the masses by 2021. We’re excited to transition our production, manufacturing and research and development efforts into the next phase and continue to furnish the full stack of lidar hardware and software solutions to the industry.

—Omer Keilaf, CEO and co-founder of Innoviz

Innoviz's perception software coupled with its lidar technology creates a holistic hardware and software stack that turns lidar data into a key input for autonomous driving. Rather than focusing on bringing quick solutions to the market, Innoviz has chosen the path of developing a product and perception software through partnerships with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and Tier 1 suppliers, including Magna, HARMAN, HiRain Technologies and Aptiv, to assure full compliance with the highest automotive-grade production standards.

Among the dozens of lidar startups that have popped up in recent years, only a small handful have progressed far enough and demonstrated the capability to get to volume production and be selected for new vehicle programs including Innoviz. Sensor companies that can develop partnerships with established automotive suppliers that understand the integration, validation and production requirements to ensure automotive levels of product reliability and safety will also have an advantage in achieving scale.

—Sam Abuelsamid, Navigant Research Principal Analyst, Mobility

A partnership with Magna International, which also participated in the round, resulted in Innoviz’s automotive-grade lidar, InnovizOne, and its computer vision software being selected by BMW for series production of vehicles starting in 2021—an industry-first design win for solid-state lidar that was instrumental in defining a path for lidar to enter the automotive industry.

Innoviz’s new funding will assist in bringing this program, as well as additional automotive OEM design wins, to production at scale, as well as provide overall support for the expected company growth.

Innoviz recently significantly expanded its international presence in key automaker markets including Germany, North America, Japan and China. Innoviz’s expanded presence in China coupled with investments from China Merchants Capital and Shenzhen Capital Group and Innoviz’s existing partnership with HiRain Technologies further solidifies Innoviz’s presence in the country.

The company will also ramp up production to meet demand for InnovizPro, its commercially available solid-state lidar that offers outstanding performance and value for automotive, mapping and other applications.

Goldman Sachs served as sole placement agent in this round.

Comments

HarveyD

This may be another demonstration that as more people learn to cooperate together, better is/will be the total results.

One and a half billion Chinese is a good example.

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