Transportation Technology Sector Overview - Q1 2019

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This blog post examines the different components of the transportation technology ecosystem. We will illustrate what the categories of innovation are and which categories have the most companies. We will also compare the categories in terms of their funding and maturity.

Automotive Telematics Is The Largest Transportation Technology Category

Let’s start off by looking at the Sector Map. We have classified 1430 transportation technology startups into 17 categories. They have raised $163B from 2710 investors. The Sector Map highlights the number of companies in each category. It also shows a random sampling of companies in each category.

Transportation Technology Logo Map

We see that Automotive Telematics is the largest category with 213 companies. This category contains companies that collect, analyze, and distribute car data. This data is used by owners to optimize their automotive use. Their products include on-board data readers, diagnostic tools, and notifications to mobile devices. Some example companies...

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Transportation Technology Report Highlights  – Q1 2019

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Here is our Q1 2019 summary report on the transportation technology startup sector. The following report includes a sector overview and recent activity.

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Transportation Technology Sector Summary

Transportation Technology Sector Map

Transportation Technology Quarterly Highlights

Transportation Technology Innovation Quadrant

Transportation Technology Funding Over Time

Transportation Technology Funding By Category

Transportation Technology Investors Over Time

Transportation Technology Exits Over Time

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Transportation Technology Average Funding Event Size Has Remained Stable

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For this quarter's funding analysis, let's examine how average funding event sizes in the transportation technology sector are evolving. The graphic below shows the transportation technology average funding event size over time by quarter.

Transportation Technology Average Funding Event Size

As the graphic demonstrates, transportation technology average funding event size in Q1 2019 was at $115M, which increased by 47% from the $78M last quarter. The average funding size has been on a general upward trend, with the average funding size last quarter about twice as large as it was 5 years ago. The top three funding events in Q1 2019 include a $1.5B round from Chehaoduo, a $1.46B round from Grab, and a $940M round from Nuro.

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Transportation Technology Funding Experiences Decline in 2018

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As we progress through Q1 of 2019, let's look back on 2018 and analyze how funding in the transportation technology sector compares to previous years. The graphic below shows the total annual transportation technology funding amounts over time. 

Transportation Technology Funding Over Time

As the graphic demonstrates, 2018 saw a drop in transportation technology funding compared to the previous year. The $38B in 2018 represents a 23% decrease from the $49B in 2017, which was the highest year on record. However, transportation technology funding is still on an upward trend, with a 5-year CAGR of 63% from 2013 to 2018. Some of the notable funding events in 2018 include a $2B round for Uber, a $1.5B round for Go-Jek, a $1B round for Grab, and a $1B round for Lucid Motors.

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Transportation Technology Investors With the Most Activity

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The transportation technology industry has seen $158B in total all time funding. Let's now examine the investors financing the transportation technology sector and identify the most active firms. 

The graphic below highlights transportation technology investors based on the number of investments made in the sector. If an investor participates in two investment rounds in the same company (such as a Series A and Series B), that would qualify as two investments for this analysis.

Transportation Technology Investors With Most Investments

As the graphic demonstrates, Y Combinator has made the most investments in the transportation technology sector with 42 investments. Sequoia Capital follows with 41 investments. Examples of companies that Y Combinator has invested in include Convoy, Embark Trucks, Skip Scooters, and Automatic. The three CVCs rounding out the list include Tencent Holdings, BMW i Ventures, and Qualcomm Ventures.

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Transportation Technology Report Highlights  – Q4 2018

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Here is our Q4 2018 summary report on the transportation technology startup sector. The following report includes a sector overview and recent activity.

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Transportation Technology Quarterly Highlights

Transportation Technology Sector Summary

Transportation Technology Sector Map

Transportation Technology Innovation Quadrant

Transportation Technology Funding Over Time

Transportation Technology Funding by Category

Transportation Technology Investors Over Time

Transportation Technology Exits Over Time

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Smart Mobility and Ride Hailing Lead Transportation Technology Funding

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We previously highlighted that transportation technology funding has remained stable in recent quarters. This blog post will take a closer look at the funding trends within the individual transportation technology categories. Per our analysis, we notice two important observations:

- The Smart Mobility category leads the sector in Q3 funding
- The Ride Hailing category leads the sector in all-time funding

We’ll highlight these observations with some graphics and discussions below.

The Smart Mobility Category Leads Transportation Technology In Q3 Funding

To start off, let’s review the amount of funding raised this quarter per category within transportation technology.

Transportation Technology Latest Quarter Category Funding

The above graphic highlights that the Smart Mobility category leads the sector in Q3 funding with $4.4B. The Ride Hailing category follows in the second place with $2.8B.

Smart Mobility companies provide solutions for increasing sustainability in conducting transportation within cities. These solutions...

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Transportation Technology Startup Highlights  – Q2 2018

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Here is our Q2 2018 summary report on the transportation technology startup sector. The following report includes a sector overview and recent activity.

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Transportation Technology Sector Map

Transportation Technology Innovation Quadrant

Transportation Technology Total Category Funding

Transportation Technology Quarterly Funding Over Time

Transportation Technology Recent Funding Rounds

Transportation Technology Exit Events Over Time

Transportation Technology Company Count by Country

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Many Transportation Technology Categories Growing in Q2

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We’ve previously observed that transportation technology funding is seeing significant growth. This quarter we are delving deeper on our transportation tech research platform to examine funding by category. Our platform shows two key takeaways:

  • Autonomous Cars leads the sector in Q2 funding
  • Ride Hailing dominates the sector in all-time funding

We’ll explain these takeaways with some graphics and discussions below.

Autonomous Cars Leads Transportation Technology in Q2 Funding

To start off, let’s look at transportation technology category funding in Q2.

Transportation Technology Current Quarter Category Funding

The above graphic shows that the Autonomous Cars category leads the sector in Q2 funding with $3.5B. The Ride Hailing and Smart Mobility categories follow in the second and third places with $2.7B and $2B, respectively. 

So we’ve witnessed how different transportation technology categories stack up in their Q2 funding. But how do these categories’ funding compare with each other historically?...

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Transportation Technology Funding Seeing Significant Growth

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As we have previously shared, the Transportation Technology startup sector is seeing a lot of activity. How have its funding trends evolved over time? On our Transportation Technology research platform, we have analyzed the data through 2017 and can conclude that the investments in transportation tech are growing at a significant clip.

We have come to this conclusion from the following three takeaways:

  •      Transportation tech funding amounts are growing exponentially
  •      The number of transportation tech deals are increasing steadily
  •      The number of investors in the space are trending upward

We will illustrate these takeaways with a series of graphics to show the trend of transportation tech investments over time.

Annual Transportation Tech Funding Amounts Growing Exponentially

Let’s start off by examining the annual transportation tech funding amounts, stacked by quarters.

Transportation Technology Funding by Quarter

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Transportation Technology Exit Activity Rising Over Time

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The Transportation Technology sector has seen a lot of activity over the past few years. How does its overall exit activity trend over time? On our Transportation Technology research platform, we have analyzed the data through 2017 and can conclude that transportation tech exit activity continues to rise over time.

This observation was derived from two takeaways:

  •      Transportation tech exit activity shows strong growth at the annual level
  •      At the quarterly level, transportation tech exit activity is also on an upward trend for most quarters

We’ll illustrate these takeaways with two graphics that show transportation tech exit activity trends over the years.

Annual Transportation Technology Exit Activity Showing Strong Growth

Let’s start off by examining the transportation tech exit events from 2011 to 2017. Exit events include both acquisitions and IPOs. The below graph highlights the number of transportation tech exit events by year...

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