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Outrider brings in $73M for autonomous yard system


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Outrider’s autonomous yard vans can automate operations in distribution yards. | Supply: Outrider

Outrider, a developer of autonomous yard operations for logistics hubs, introduced that it raised $73 million in Sequence C financing, bringing the corporate’s whole funding raised to $191 million. 

The corporate plans to make use of the most recent spherical of funding to develop its proprietary autonomy and security expertise portfolio, enhance hiring each domestically and internationally and scale its yard automation resolution with giant clients. Outrider’s resolution can be utilized for package deal transport, retail, eCommerce, shopper packaged items, grocery, manufacturing and intermodal industries. 

“Outrider has persistently delivered breakthrough expertise to automate probably the most inefficient hyperlinks within the provide chain – the distribution yard,” Andrew Smith, CEO and founding father of Outrider, stated. “Our clients will transfer large portions of freight extra effectively, safely, and sustainably utilizing Outrider’s expertise. We’re thrilled to have an excellent community of buyers who share our imaginative and prescient to set a brand new normal for the worldwide logistics business.”

The Outrider System consists of three built-in elements — administration software program, autonomous autos, and web site infrastructure. Along with the articulated backing expertise, the system can autonomously hitch to and unhitch from trailers, robotically join and disconnect trailer brake traces, work together safely with loading docks, observe trailer places, and centrally handle and monitor all system capabilities.

In February 2022, Outrider launched absolutely autonomous trailer backing capabilities to its fleet. The expertise permits autonomous yard vans to again trailers into tight areas with out modifications to trailers. Based on Outrider, this is likely one of the most difficult maneuvers in confined distribution yards. 

Outrider’s Sequence C spherical was led by FM Capital, and included participation from a lot of new buyers, together with a subsidiary of the Abu Dhabi Funding Authority and NVenture, NVIDIA’s enterprise capital arm, B37 Ventures, Lineage Ventures, the company enterprise capital arm of Lineage Logistics, Presidio Ventures, the enterprise capital arm of Sumitomo Company, and ROBO International Ventures. 

“Outrider has addressed all of the items –  expertise, security, operations, and assist – wanted to deploy a dependable, industrial-grade system at scale. The corporate is a case examine in bringing superior robotics and autonomy expertise to market,” Mark Norman, Managing Accomplice of FM Capital, stated. “Outrider has a world-class group to scale their resolution and FM Capital is worked up to speculate and be part of the corporate’s Board of Administrators.”

The spherical additionally included present buyers within the firm, together with Koch Disruptive Applied sciences and New Enterprise Associates. 

Moreover, Henrik Christensen, a founding member of ROBO International’s Advisory Board and Qualcomm Chair of Robotics at UC San Diego, has joined Outrider as a board advisor. 


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