Automotive Startups funded by Y Combinator (YC) 2024

May 2024

Browse 15 of the top Automotive startups funded by Y Combinator.

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  • Embark Trucks
    Embark Trucks (w2016)Public • 300 employees • San Francisco, CA, USA
    Embark Technology develops self-driving truck software. Embark was the first self-driving truck company to achieve an autonomous coast-to-coast drive, the first to reach 100,000 miles driven on public roads, and the first to open a network of transfer points. Embark went public on NASDAQ in 2021 and was acquired by Applied Intuition in 2023.
    autonomous-trucking
  • Revoy
    Revoy (w2022)Active • 4 employees • San Mateo, CA, USA
    SixWheel makes diesel trucks hybrid-electric in 3 minutes at zero upfront cost while delivering $25k more profit per truck annually.
    logistics
    climate
    electric-vehicles
  • Mars Auto
    Mars Auto (w2019)Active • 15 employees • Seoul, South Korea
    Mars Auto is building autonomous trucks to completely automate warehouse-to-warehouse truck operations.
    autonomous-trucking
  • Zendar
    Zendar (s2017)Active • 45 employees • Berkeley, CA, USA
    Zendar develops high-definition radar for autonomous vehicles.
    hardware
    radar
    automotive
  • Olympian Motors
    Olympian Motors (w2022)Active • 10 employees • New York, NY, USA
    Olympian Motors is an electric vehicle company, based in New York. We are manufacturing electric vehicles with our innovative 'modular' vehicle & drivetrain architecture (MVDS), providing Olympian with strong cost and lead-time advantages compared to legacy automakers like Tesla and Ford. Olympian is disrupting 120+ years old automotive industry and targeting to capture 7% market share in the U.S. automotive market by 2030. We changed the status-quo in automotive design, and bring aesthetic, color, experience and minimalism back to the cars. Olympian MVDS has a 'Lego-like' architecture and built on 4-core-hardware and 2-software modules. We achieved 80% reduction in tooling & machinery costs and built ~60% faster production lead time. We aim to reinvent the car manufacturing and bringing agility, speed and cost-efficiency back to the U.S. automotive industry. + Received 214 pre-orders for Olympian Model O1 ($17M+ pre-booked revenue) + Started manufacturing our EVs in Brooklyn & Detroit facilities. 2023 capacity: 320 vehicles + Pending traffic approval from NHTSA + Modular vehicle/drivetrain + Modular manufacturing: 4-hardware + 1-sofware modules. ~60% faster production lead time. 80% reduction in tooling, fitment and labor expenses. + Commercial Launch in Q3/2023. Unlike other EV companies, we don't waste time/resources. (It took 9+ years for Lucid and 11+ years for Rivian to make their first shipment). + Super-competitive battery efficiency in urban areas (Olympian early prototypes achieved slightly better miles/kwh efficiency than Tesla Model 3 and Rivian). + Carbon-sequestered and recyclable materials for +4% of vehicle components. Olympian rejects today's commoditized and banal car experience. + We challenge the status-quo in automotive. + We prioritize aesthetic, nature and minimalism. + We use steel and wood in Olympian cars rather than not cheap plastic and toxic chemicals. + We have minimalistic cockpit, powered by Olympian Operating System (OOS)
    consumer
    manufacturing
    climate
    transportation
    electric-vehicles
  • May Mobility
    May Mobility (s2017)Active • 260 employees • Ann Arbor, MI, USA
    May Mobility is a leader in autonomous vehicle technology development and deployment. With more than 300,000 autonomous rides to date, May Mobility is committed to delivering safe, efficient and sustainable shuttle solutions designed to complement today’s public transportation options. The company’s ultimate goal is to realize a world where self-driving systems make transportation more accessible and reliable, the roads safer, and encourage better land use in order to foster more green, vibrant, and livable spaces.
    artificial-intelligence
    robotics
  • Faction
    Faction (w2021)Active • 25 employees • South San Francisco, CA, USA
    Faction develops driverless vehicles that have the speed and performance of cars, but at the cost of a motorcycle. We do driverless combined with remote human supervision, so we’re not gated by waiting for 100% autonomous technology. Initially we’re focusing on micro delivery and vehicle-on-demand, where you can summon a vehicle and drive it yourself. Faction prototypes are in operation now and we're rolling out new programs with customers throughout 2023.
    autonomous-delivery
    robotics
    electric-vehicles
  • Mecho Autotech
    Mecho Autotech (s2021)Active • 35 employees • Lagos, Nigeria
    It is cumbersome to maintain/repair vehicles in Africa. Vehicle owners currently have 2 options to choose from; very expensive and geographically limited branded mechanic garages (less than 1% of the supply pool) or unvetted roadside mechanics (about 99% of the supply pool). About 95% of vehicle owners cannot afford branded garages where quality and reliable service delivery can be guaranteed and thus rely on roadside mechanics. However, low quality and transparency are typical issues associated with roadside mechanics. We created a network of vetted mechanics, spare part vendors and an app that enables easy booking, payment and mechanic matching process. Via the mecho app, a customer or business can make a request for any automobile service (repairs or regular servicing) or part.
    auto-commerce
    marketplace
    e-commerce
  • Blink
    Blink (w2021)Active • 5 employees • Milan, Metropolitan City of Milan, Italy
    Blink provides same-day delivery to e-commerce companies, helping them acquiring and retaining more customers thanks to a great delivery experience. Merchants sell on their website and Blink picks-up orders directly from physical stores or from dark stores (small urban warehouses) deployed in cities. Crowdsourced riders and transportation companies complete the delivery following routes optimized in teal time. Consumers can track and personalize their delivery.
    e-commerce
    logistics
  • Phiar
    Phiar (s2018)Acquired • 12 employees • Redwood City, CA, USA
    At Phiar, we are building the first AI-powered AR navigation driving software solution that runs on a smartphone and in-vehicle displays, utilizing our ultra-lightweight road understanding AI that runs completely at-the-edge, in real-time, all on just a smartphone-level compute. Our mission is to enhance driving safety, facilitate more intuitive wayfinding, and connect drivers with their surrounding environments.
    artificial-intelligence
    machine-learning
    augmented-reality
  • Auro Robotics (s2015)Acquired • 10 employees • Santa Clara, CA, USA
    We are building self-driving shuttles for transportation within campuses like universities, resorts, airports, and retirement communities. Website: www.auro.ai
    robotics
  • Palifer
    Palifer (s2019)Acquired • 2 employees • San Jose, CA, USA
    Palifer decreases unplanned failures and increase schedule compliance by extracting insights from your historical logs. https://patents.google.com/patent/US11256757B1/en
    ai
  • Cruise
    Cruise (w2014)Acquired • 3,000 employees • San Francisco, CA, USA
    Cruise is building the world’s most advanced, all-electric, self-driving car technology to safely connect people with the places, things, and experiences they care about. Self-driving cars will help save lives, reimagine cities, redefine time in transit, and restore freedom of movement for individuals who live in dense urban settings. Acquired by GM in 2016.
    autonomous-delivery
    machine-learning
    climate
    ai
    self-driving-vehicles
  • lvl5 (w2017)Acquired • 6 employees
    autonomous-trucking
    self-driving-vehicles