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Factbox: Six self-driving unicorns top $1 billion in valuation
October 27, 2017 / 5:13 AM / a month ago

Factbox: Six self-driving unicorns top $1 billion in valuation

(Reuters) - In a crowded field of more than 240 startups in self-driving cars, six companies -- four of them in Silicon Valley -- have achieved unicorn status, with valuations of $1 billion or more, according to industry estimates and publicly available data. Here’s a closer look:

A Velodyne LiDAR sensor is seen mounted on a self-driving vehicle during a self-racing cars event at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, California, U.S., April 1, 2017. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

Velodyne LiDAR

Est value: $2 billion

Funding: $150 million

Founded: 2007

Headquarters: Morgan Hill, CA

Business: Lidar sensors

Investors: Ford, Baidu

Zoox

Est value: $1.67 billion

Funding: $290 million

Founded: 2014

Headquarters: Menlo Park, CA

Business: AV systems

Investors: DFJ, Lux Capital, AID Partners, Blackbird Ventures, Composite Capital

Quanergy Systems

Est value: $1.59 billion

Funding: $150 million

Founded: 2012

Headquarters: Sunnyvale, CA

Business: Lidar sensors

Investors: Daimler, Delphi, Samsung, Sensata, Motus Ventures, Alrai Capital, GP Capital, Newbury Ventures, Wicklow Capital, Wardenclyffe Partners

LeddarTech

Est value: $1.33 billion

Funding: $122 million

Founded: 2007

Headquarters: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Business: Lidar sensors

Investors: Delphi, Magneti Marelli, Osram, Integrated Device Technology, Access Capital, BDC Venture Capital, Go Capital, Desjardins Venture Capital, Innovatech Quebec, I-Source Gestion

ClearMotion

Est value: $1.25 billion

Funding: $130 million

Founded: 2009

Headquarters: Woburn, MA

Business: Software

Investors: Qualcomm, Bridgestone, JP Morgan, New Enterprise Associates, Acadia Woods Partners, Eileses Capital, World Innovation Lab

Nauto

Est value: $1.06 billion

Funding: $174 million

Founded: 2015

Headquarters: Palo Alto, CA

Business: Data

Investors: BMW, Toyota, General Motors, Allianz, Softbank, Greylock Partners, Playground Global, Draper Nexus, Index Ventures, Maniv Energy Ventures, Trucks VC

Sources: CB Insights, TechCrunch, Funderbeam, Crunchbase

Reporting by Paul Lienert in Detroit

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