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Trax Center is an Android smart vehicle app that uses the global positioning system (GPS) to provide anti-theft measures, location tracking and other critical vehicle monitoring notifications. It allows users to get theft alerts and even remotely cut off the engine if required in the case of stolen vehicles.

Veniam's NetRider box runs on native software and cellular, Wi-Fi and DSRC signals, forming a mesh network open to devices with continuous connectivity. Via agreements with OEMs and tier 1 manufacturers, the technology should soon be incorporated in connected and autonomous vehicles. Boxes send real-time data to Veniam's cloud for analytics.

Commander, Pulsar and Copper are different models of domestic and commercial chargers for electric and hybrid vehicles. Charging times for batteries are reduced by 10 times. The Smart Charging System automatically charges the vehicle during periods when electricity prices are lower. Each device is controlled by a smartphone app.

Sherpa’s Spanish-language PDA is based on NLP and machine-learning technologies. The PDA is offered as a brand-name product (previously preloaded on Samsung smartphones) and more recently, as a white-label product in the form of an independent cloud-based platform that embeds, connects the PDA to smart consumer appliances and cars. 

AISpeech specializes in speech recognition, speech synthesis, semantic understanding, voiceprint recognition, dialogue management and audio analysis. It provides voice interaction solutions for smart vehicles, smart home appliances and robots. AISpeech offers a voice input app and a Dialogue User Interface (DUI) open platform for developers to customize voice recognition products.

Xpeng has launched its first production model, the G3 SUV. It has a panoramic windshield; a 360-degree roof camera that can record video; an HD touchscreen that integrates various control functions; a self-parking function that can handle most parking scenarios; and a cloud service that remotely downloads and upgrades applications.

SigmaRail's flagship product, SigmaQ, is an integrated solution for mapping railway signalling resources, surveillance and maintenance. It features a geographical information system platform (GIS), a laser-based data capturing system, drones and cameras. Its machine learning algorithms deliver analysis and insights to users.

Connecting EV drivers with private and public charging stations via a collaborative platform that lets users share and locate available sockets. An AI-powered control center manages multiple charging points while the interoperability platform aggregates external public and private charging stations that are not controlled by the company.

Mobvoi sells products, including smart watches, headsets, smart speakers and smart rear view mirrors, most of which are based on the startup's voice recognition technologies. In addition to consumer products, Mobvoi also provides businesses with voice interaction solutions such as chatbots and AI voice chips.

On-demand bus services using municipal systems to view public transport routes. Shotl allows transport managers to access a central control console to monitor demand fluctuations to boost efficient use of public vehicles. The Driver's App can locate passengers and their destinations. End-users can book journeys via Passenger App.

The investment arm of Yamaha Motor Group (Japan) was founded in 2015 and is headquartered in Palo Alto, California. It focuses on industrial automation and transportation technology, and on smart and automated solutions in particular. Recent investments include automated strawberry picker Advanced Farm Technologies' US$7.5m Series A round and drone and robotics startup Exyn Technology's US$16m Series A round.

As the Korean conglomerate’s gateway to deep tech startups and innovation, Samsung NEXT covers product development, investment, M&A and partnerships in a single entity to complement Samsung’s hardware business. Outside of South Korea, Samsung NEXT has offices in Berlin, Tel Aviv and in the US in New York, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley. Its portfolio currently includes 55 companies with recent investments including in Series A rounds for Tetrate, Brodmann17 and RapidDeploy, as well as Healthy.io's Series B. It has managed 13 exits to date, including LoopPay, Automated Insights and EyeVerify. The VC was established in 2013. 

B4Motion is a Spanish venture capital fund led by Sebastian Canadell and supported by a board of advisors who have varied expertise in visual media production, mobile strategy, product design and law. B4Motion is focused on mobility-related technologies, including autonomous driving systems, Internet-of-Things (IoT) applications for transport as well as on-demand logistics, car sharing, parking and valet services. B4Motion invests across all funding stages from seed through Series D and IPO in the Spanish and Latin American markets. 

Co-founded by Robin Li and six others in 2000, Baidu, Inc., is a search engine provider with 80% of the Chinese market. Its business consists of three parts: search services, transaction services and iQiyi video services. Search services are targeted at internet users; pay-for-placement services, for example, are triggered by search queries. Transaction services include Baidu Nuomi, Baidu Maps, Baidu Connect, Baidu Wallet, etc. iQiyi is an online video platform with a content library that includes licensed and self-produced films and shows. In 2017, Baidu invested mainly in the fields of AI, transportation and enterprise services.

HCapital Partners is a Portuguese venture capital and private equity firm. Based in Lisbon and established in 2014, the firm focuses on energy, mobility and smart technologies in Portugal and Spain. Although it states that it participates across all investment stages, HCapital typically invests between €500,000 and €2.5 million per startup. Its New Ideas fund is directed towards scalable startups. 

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