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Artificial Intelligence Leader, Netradyne, Raises $21M in Series B Funding from Reliance Industries & Others

artificial intelligence leader netradyne raises 21m in series b funding from reliance industries others

Funding Will Allow the San Diego and Bangalore-based Company to Make Sizable Investment in AI and Deep Learning Within the Commercial Vehicle Space and in New Industry Segments

Netradyne, a leader in artificial intelligence (AI) technology focusing on driver and fleet safety, has announced $21 million in new Series B funding. Investors in this round include Reliance Industries Limited (through its subsidiary RIIHL) who previously invested $16 million during Netradyne’s Series A round of funding, M12, Microsoft’s corporate venture arm, and Point72 Ventures. M12 led the investment round and will now hold a role on the board, bringing additional resources and expertise focused on scaling the company.

“Reliance is committed to fostering an ecosystem by investing ahead and in enabling intelligent connectivity solutions for the future of hyper connectivity. The follow up funding underscores our commitment to Netradyne’ s engineering talent working on cutting edge technologies in the fields of AI and Machine Learning,” said Mathew Oommen, President Technology, Networks at RJIL, Reliance’s digital communications and services venture.

“We’re excited about our investment in Netradyne, an innovative company that we believe has the ability to create a safe new driving standard for commercial vehicles,” said Samir Kumar, managing director at M12. “Netradyne’s Driveri system uses deep learning and computer vision at the edge, enabling rich contextual insights that help fleets establish safe driving practices.”

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“The customer momentum Netradyne has  generated over the last year speaks volumes about their AI team and the innovative products they continue to develop,” said Sri Chandrasekar, Partner at Point72 Ventures. “We are excited to be a part of the team as they transform the driver safety industry.”

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Netradyne is emerging as a technology innovator; utilizing AI, Machine Learning (ML), and Edge Computing to significantly enhance road and driver safety. The additional investment will be utilized to expand the team that has created early success for its product, Driveri™. Driveri™ is a vision-based driver recognition and fleet safety platform that captures and analyzes every minute of every driving experience, providing commercial fleet managers with insights into positive driving and identifying opportunities for individual coaching.

The net result is reduced driving incidents, more awareness around risk and ability to reward positive driving; all of which improves driver retention.

The funding underlines the upward trajectory Netradyne has been on over the last year, which includes greatly appreciated growth within the Driveri™ community, stellar additions to the engineering team, continued invention in visual analytics and creative ideation allowing entry into new markets.

With the Series B funding, Netradyne will be making a sizable investment in the application of AI and deep learning in new industry segments, examples include:

  • Dynamic 3D/HD Mapping: Provides real-time, crowdsourced, high definition (HD) maps using commercially deployed Driveri™ devices. HD Maps enable improved transportation data analytics and autonomous vehicle research and development.
  • Data Analytics: Gives real-time insight into numerous aspects of driving, including road conditions, driver behaviors, unique driving scenarios, seasonal and weather-specific considerations, traffic patterns and concentrated geographic risk areas.
  • Insurance: Transforms analyzed data into comprehensive offerings insurance companies can use to underwrite and analyze professional drivers across the country.
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“In a very short period of time, Netradyne has made major strides in commercializing next generation AI in ways that deliver tangible impact to real businesses,” says Avneesh Agrawal, Netradyne’s Founder and CEO. “We look forward to the next chapter in Netradyne’s growth where we extend our value proposition within the commercial fleet industry, while creating new paths into emerging technology segments.”

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Founded in 2015, Netradyne has technology innovation centers in both San Diego, CA and Bangalore, India where teams are hyper-focused on launching a driver safety platform for Commercial Vehicles. Grounded in the vision of applying Artificial Intelligence for improving fleet safety, Netradyne delivers a holistic view of the driving environment to fleet owners while serving as their driver’s advocate.

Source: BW Disrupt

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