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 complete funding raised to $191 million. 

The corporate plans to make use of the newest spherical of funding to increase its proprietary autonomy and security expertise portfolio, improve hiring each domestically and internationally and scale its yard automation answer with giant clients. Outrider’s answer can be utilized for bundle delivery, retail, eCommerce, shopper packaged items, grocery, manufacturing and intermodal industries. 

“Outrider has constantly 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 impressive community of buyers who share our imaginative and prescient to set a brand new commonplace for the worldwide logistics business.”

The Outrider System consists of three built-in components — administration software program, autonomous automobiles, and website infrastructure. Along with the articulated backing expertise, the system can autonomously hitch to and unhitch from trailers, robotically join and disconnect trailer brake strains, work together safely with loading docks, monitor trailer areas, and centrally handle and monitor all system capabilities.

In February 2022, Outrider launched totally autonomous trailer backing capabilities to its fleet. The expertise allows autonomous yard vans to again trailers into tight areas with out modifications to trailers. In keeping with 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 help – 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 answer and FM Capital is happy to take a position and be a part of the corporate’s Board of Administrators.”

The spherical additionally included current 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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