AI in Transportation: 10 Companies to Watch in 2018

  • 10 October 2017
  • Jodi Hillman

AI is aiming to create a new reality when it comes to transportation. Companies are integrating AI for self-driving cars, make transportation more efficient, and create smart transportation systems. AI is disrupting the industry by making transportation accessible to a larger amount of people. is located in Beijing and has received $51 million after three rounds of funding. The company provides deep-learning software in semantic HD mapping, perception, and path planning to make self-driving cars a reality. The software offers big data products as well as multi-level autonomous driving solutions. The company uses market-ready sensors and use crowdsourced miles to refine and test their AI.

Door 2 Door

Located in Rotherham, Door 2 Door allows people to get places they couldn’t before by allowing locals to call and schedule a ride or use their Shopper Bus. They offer other services such as Community Car Scheme and Community Link Journeys for those who want to travel outside the community or visit Rotherham General Hospital. The service can be used by individuals or groups and makes it easier to get around without using public transportation.


Founded in 2014, BestMile has headquarters in Lausanne and has received $5.5 million after two rounds of funding. BestMile empowers mobility providers, OEMs and technology providers to deliver state of the art, efficient and flexible fleet services leveraging autonomous vehicles and ride-sharing mobility solutions. BestMile’s cloud platform intelligently optimizes and integrates autonomous vehicles in the existing human-driven environment. Since its creation, BestMile’s platform has enabled the transportation of more than 200,000 people globally in commercial autonomous mobility services in cities, campuses, public roads and more.


Bridj is located in Cambridge and has received $4 million after two rounds of funding. The company uses big data to be the world’s first smart transit system. They use crowdsourcing and big data to predict how a city moves. The platform then deploys a transportation network to match destination and origin pairings. As time goes on, the platform uses machine-learning algorithms to get smarter and become a better transportation system.

Auro Robotics

Located in Santa Clara, Auro Robotics has received $2.1 million after two rounds of funding. The company runs a self-driving shuttle for residential communities, corporate parks, and university campuses. They are building a driverless shuttle to cut down on costs and make it easier for large groups of people to get around. The vehicle is fully autonomous and completely electric to reduce its carbon footprint.

Founded in 2016, is located in Detroit and has received $2.1 million after one round of funding. The company integrates local social intelligence into any online map object. They use a combination of data engineering and ethnographic research techniques to bring human life into data. The company focuses on how humans experience data on maps by building interactive social layers on the maps.


DriverMiles has headquarters in San Jose and has received $1.13 million after two rounds of funding. The company is a B2C platform that focuses on autonomous cars, public transportation, and shared mobility.




Located in Tel Aviv, ANAGOG has received $5 million after one round of funding. The company turns real-life movements into real-world contextual actions. They are a mobility status company that fuses sensors with crowdsourcing to help app developers enhance contextual services for data analytics and applications. The AI algorithms analyze signals from sensors already in place on smartphones to understand location information and predict users’ next move.


Founded in 2015, Preteckt is located in Memphis and has received $475 thousand after four rounds of funding. The company uses machine learning to predict the service needs of vehicles before they breakdown. They aim to save companies 30% of the bottom line by preventing breakdowns and keeping the vehicles on the road. The hardware for Preteckt is installed in a few seconds and trucks in the network learn from each other through the system.


Exploride is located in Baltimore and has received $596.3 thousand after two rounds of funding. The company provides heads-up displays for cars so drivers can access calls, texts, music, and maps through the transparent display. Exploride is attached to the dashboard with a suction pad and it locks into place. To go through the menu, users have five basic gestures which are up, down, left, right and tap.

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