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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Transportation Technology Startup Highlights  – Q3 2018

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Here is our Q3 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 Funding by Category

Transportation Technology Funding Over Time

Transportation Technology Funding Round Counts

Transportation Technology Exits 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. 

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Transportation Technology Sector Overview - Q1 2018

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We’ve seen a lot of funding and exit activity in Transportation Technology over the past few years. The Transportation Technology sector includes companies that revolutionize the way people move around. It also includes technology companies that enable people to interact with their transportation options.  

What are the different components of Transportation Technology? How do they make up this startup ecosystem? On our transportation technology research platform, we have classified the companies into 17 categories. This blog post examines these categories and how they compare with one another.

Automotive Telematics Is the Largest Transportation Technology Category

Let’s start off by looking at the Sector Map for the Transportation Technology sector. As of March 2018, we have classified 1,238 Transportation Technology startups into 17 categories that have raised $117 billion in funding. The Sector Map highlights the number of companies in each category. It also...

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Venture Scanner Sector Maps (Part 2 of 2)

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Our sector maps are snapshots of emerging technology sectors. They show what the different categories in a sector are and how many startups are within each category. They also present a small sampling of the current startups that are innovating in each category.

Last week, we kicked off our sector map update with Part 1. You can read that blog post here.

This post is the second of a two-part series. Below you will find sector maps for Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Marketing Technology, Real Estate Technology, Retail Technology, Security Technology, Transportation Technology, and Virtual Reality.

Artificial Intelligence: 13 categories, 2161 companies, $32B in funding

Artificial Intelligence Sector Map

Internet of Things: 20 categories, 2151 companies, $52B in funding

Internet of Things Sector Map

Marketing Technology: 15 categories, 1771 companies, $33B in funding

Marketing Technology Sector Map

Real Estate Technology: 12 categories, 1649 companies, $48B in funding

Real Estate Technology Sector Map

Retail Technology: 21 categories, 1746 companies, $59B in funding

Retail Sector Map

Security Technology: 14...

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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 Startup Highlights  – Q4 2017

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Here is our Q4 2017 summary report on the Transportation Technology startup sector. The following report includes an overview, recent activity, and a category deep dive.

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Transportation Technology Innovation Quadrant

Transportation Technology Annual Funding Over Time

Transportation Technology Quarterly Funding Over Time

Transportation Technology Exit Events Over Time

Transportation Technology Latest Activity

Transportation Technology Funding Round Counts

Transportation Technology Quarterly Category Funding

Transportation Technology Recent Funding Events

Transportation Technology Recent Acquisitions

Transportation Technology Ride Hailing and Scheduling

Transportation Technology Venture Investing

Transportation Technology Category Funding Quartiles

Ride Hailing Total Annual Funding

Ride Hailing Companies with Largest Funding Amounts

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Where in the World Are Transportation Technology Startups? - Q3 2017

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The analyses below summarize where Transportation Technology innovations are occurring. The graphic includes data through August 2017.

Transportation Technology Company Count by Country

The above map shows the number of Transportation Tech companies located in different countries. The United States ranks as the top country with around 550 companies.

Transportation Technology VC Funding by Country

The above map shows the amount of total Transportation Tech startup venture capital funding in different countries. The United States has the most VC funding at around $40B.

We are currently tracking 1189 Transportation Technology companies in 17 categories across 66 countries, with a total of $94.9B in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Transportation Technology market report. 

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Transportation Technology Companies Founded by Year - Q3 2017

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The following graph shows the founding year distribution in the Transportation Technology sector. The graphic includes data through August 2017.

Transportation Technology Companies Founded by Year

The above graph summarizes the number of Transportation Technology companies founded in a certain year. 2014 ranks at the top with 111 companies founded in that year. 2013 is the runner-up with 109 companies founded in that year.

We are currently tracking 1186 Transportation Technology companies in 17 categories across 66 countries, with a total of $94.4 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Transportation Technology market report.

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Age by Category in Transportation Technology - Q3 2017

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The following graph shows average and median age in the Transportation Technology sector. The graphic includes data through August 2017.

Transportation Technology Age by Category

The above graph summarizes the average age and median age of companies in each Transportation Technology category. The V2V Communications, Intelligent Transit, and Infotainment categories all have the highest average age at around 21 years. The V2V Communications category also has the highest median age at around 19 years. On the other hand, the Auto Ownership category is the youngest Transportation Technology category with an average age of around 5 years and a median age of around 4 years.

We are currently tracking 1181 Transportation Technology companies in 17 categories across 66 countries, with a total of $92.1 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Transportation Technology market report.

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Transportation Technology Funding Trends - Q3 2017

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The following graphs highlight recent trends in Transportation Technology startup funding activity. The graphics include data through August 2017.

Transportation Technology Funding by Year

The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by Transportation Technology startups for each year. 2016 has the most funding to date at $24B. 

Transportation Technology Funding by Vintage Year

The above graph summarizes the total amount of funding raised by Transportation Technology companies founded in a certain year. Companies founded in 2012 have raised the most funding at over $23B.

We are currently tracking 1179 Transportation Technology companies in 17 categories across 66 countries, with a total of $92 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Transportation Technology market report.

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Transportation Technology Funding by Round - Q3 2017

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The following two graphs summarize the rounds of funding going into the Transportation Technology space. Please note these graphics are made using data through August 2017.

Transportation Technology Funding Amount by Round

The graph above shows the total amount of VC funding broken out by round. In recent years, we’ve seen a large increase in the amount of Series A and Late Stage funding events. The amount of Series D funding events has seen a large growth in 2014 and then quickly decreased.

Transportation Technology Funding Count by Round

The graph above shows the total count of funding events broken out by round. Over the past few years we’ve seen a general upward trend that peaked in 2015 and dipped slightly in 2016. Earlier stage deals (Seed, Series A, Series B) have seen the largest growth in the number of funding events.

We are currently tracking 1174 Transportation Technology companies in 17 categories across 66 countries, with a total of $91.3 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Transportation Technology market report.

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Transportation Technology Activity by Selected Investors - Q3 2017

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The following graph summarizes investor activity in the Transportation Technology space. These graphics are made using data through August 2017.

Transportation Technology Activity by Selected Investors

The above analysis summarizes the total number of investment rounds Transportation Technology investors participated in, and the number of unique companies funded by selected investors. Major investors include Sequoia Capital, Kleiner Perkins, Fontinalis, and Qualcomm.

We are currently tracking 1163 Transportation Technology companies in 12 categories across 66 countries, with a total of $88.4 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Connected Transportation market report. 

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Average and Median Age by Transportation Technology Category - Q3 2017

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The following graph shows average and median age in the Transportation Technology sector. The graphic includes data through May 2017.

Age by Transportation Technology Category

The above graph summarizes the average age and median age of companies in each Transportation Technology category. The Intelligent Transit Systems category has the highest average age at around 21 years, followed by the V2V Communications category and the Infotainment category with an average age of around 20 years each. V2V Communications category has the highest median age at 18 years, followed by the Infotainment category with a median age of 17 years.

We are currently tracking 1147 Transportation Technology companies in 17 categories across 66 countries, with a total of $77.6 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Transportation Technology market report.

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Connected Transportation Companies Founded by Year - Q3 2017

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The following graph shows the founding year distribution in the Connected Transportation sector. The graphic includes data through May 2017.

The above graph summarizes the number of Connected Transportation companies founded in a certain year. 2013 ranks at the top with 106 companies founded in that year. 2014 is the runner-up with 104 companies founded in that year.

We are currently tracking 1141 Connected Transportation companies in 17 categories across 66 countries, with a total of $77.3 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Connected Transportation market report.

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Connected Transportation Exits by Category and by Year - Q2 2017

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The following graphs highlight the exit activity in the Connected Transportation sector. The graphics include data through May 2017.

Exit Activity by Category in Connected Transportation

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in each Connected Transportation category. The Telematics category is leading the sector with 31 acquisitions and 11 IPOs. The Mapping, Location, and Route Optimization category is the runner-up with 27 acquisitions and 6 IPOs.

Exit Activity by Year in Connected Transportation

The above graph summarizes the number of exits (acquisitions and IPOs) in Connected Transportation by year. 2016 leads the sector with 35 acquisitions and 3 IPOs, with 2015 in the second place with 24 acquisitions.

We are currently tracking 1129 Connected Transportation companies in 17 categories across 66 countries, with a total of $72.9 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Connected Transportation market report.

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Connected Transportation Funding Trends - Q2 2017

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The following graphs highlight recent trends in Connected Transportation startup funding activity. The graphics include data through January 2017.

Connected Transportation Funding by Year Q2 2017

The above graph summarizes the total funding raised by Connected Transportation startups for each year. 2016 is the best year with over $21B in funding. 2015 comes in at second with around $13B in funding.

Connected Transportation Funding by Vintage Year Q2 2017

The above graph summarizes the total amount of funding raised by Connected Transportation companies founded in a certain year. Companies founded in 2012 have raised the most funding at just under $15B.

We are currently tracking 1,102 Connected Transportation companies in 17 categories across 65 countries, with a total of $65 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Connected Transportation report. 

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Connected Transportation Activity by Selected Investors - Q1 2017

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The following graph summarizes investor activity in the Connected Transportation space. Please note these graphics are made using data through January 2017.

Connected Transportation Investor Activity Q1 2017

The above analysis summarizes the total number of investment rounds Connected Transportation investors participated in, and the number of unique companies funded by selected investors. Sequoia Capital takes the lead in the number investments made at around 33. Capital Group and Techstars have backed the highest number of companies, at around 17.

We are currently tracking 1,089 Connected Transportation companies in 17 categories across 64 countries, with a total of $58 Billion in funding. Click here to learn more about the full Connected Transportation market report.

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