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Outrider brings in $73M for autonomous yard system

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Outrider’s autonomous yard vehicles 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 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 massive prospects. Outrider’s answer can be utilized for package deal transport, retail, eCommerce, client 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 prospects will transfer huge portions of freight extra effectively, safely, and sustainably utilizing Outrider’s expertise. We’re thrilled to have an excellent community of traders who share our imaginative and prescient to set a brand new customary for the worldwide logistics trade.”

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 traces, work together safely with loading docks, monitor trailer areas, and centrally handle and monitor all system features.

In February 2022, Outrider launched totally autonomous trailer backing capabilities to its fleet. The expertise permits autonomous yard vehicles 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 quite a few new traders, 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 World 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 research in bringing superior robotics and autonomy expertise to market,” Mark Norman, Managing Associate of FM Capital, stated. “Outrider has a world-class workforce to scale their answer and FM Capital is worked up to speculate and be a part of the corporate’s Board of Administrators.”

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

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



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