How is the funding environment shaping up for transportation technology in 2019? As we pass the mid-year mark, let’s see how the year-to-date metrics compare to the historical trends. The graph below shows transportation technology total funding by year, stacked by quarters.
As the graphic demonstrates, transportation technology has amassed $21.7B through Q1 and Q2 of this year. This amount represents 56% of the total funding in 2018, and 111% of the funding through Q2 in 2018. The top three funding events in Q2 2019 include a $1.4B round into NIO, a $1.2B round into Cruise, and a $1B round into Uber.
A straight-line projection of the completed funding this year would result in $43.4B, which is 112% of the total 2018 funding. By the same token, a weighted quarterly average projection of 2019 funding would result in $43.1B, which exceeds the total 2018 funding by 11%. Therefore, based on the mid-year data, transportation technology funding in 2019 is projected to increase from the funding in 2018.