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VC led by Skype co-founder among key investors
February 7, 2022
Swedish autonomous vehicle (AV) startup Annotell has raised $24 million in series A funding, in a round co-led by Metaplanet and NordicNinja.
Rather than developing autonomous vehicles, Annotell focuses on making technology to make them safer.
The startup is working on software to improve AV perception systems.
Annotell plans to use the newly secured funds to work on its goal by “investing heavily” in research and development.
The company also is looking to grow its team size, with plans to reach 100 employees by the end of 2022.
“Knowing how much you can trust your data is an essential part of building a safe autonomous system,” said Daniel Langkilde, CEO and co-founder of Annotell.
“For autonomous vehicles, that means knowing how certain you are about what the world looks like around you. Our software makes knowing that possible.”
Langkilde, a former machine learning engineer at cybersecurity firm Recorded Future, founded Annotell in 2018 with Oscar Petersson, previously of Arthur D. Little.
Prior to its new funding, the firm raised $8 million across two seed rounds, securing investments from Ernström & Co and Stena Sessan.
Among its latest investors was Metaplanet, an Estonian fund led by Skype co-founder Jaan Tallinn and one of the first investors in DeepMind.
Co-round leaders NordicNinja meanwhile are one of the largest Japanese tech funds in Europe and recently led another funding round for Ready Player Me, which is developing 3D full-body avatars for metaverse-related applications.
Following its latest finding, Annotell said it plans to add more products to its lineup, including tools to help developers calculate correct perception performance KPIs (key performance indicators).
“Together, these products will help increase our customer's engineering velocity and lower their cost of getting global data coverage, while always making sure their perception system is safe,” Langkilde said.
Ben Wodecki is the Jr. Editor of AI Business, covering a wide range of AI content. Ben joined the team in March 2021 as assistant editor and was promoted to Jr. Editor. He has written for The New Statesman, Intellectual Property Magazine, and The Telegraph India, among others. He holds an MSc in Digital Journalism from Middlesex University.
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