Collaboration in the autonomous driving space is increasingly common. Using CB Insights’ Business Relationships data, we map out the complex web of self-driving tech partnerships.
Uncertainty around the feasibility of fully autonomous vehicles is mounting.
To make matters worse, a number of robotaxi services are struggling financially and taking longer than anticipated to scale. Drive.ai, one of the first robotaxi services to launch in the US, was on the brink of shutting down until Apple acquired its assets in June.
Given the challenges and substantial costs associated with developing, building, and training driverless vehicles, incumbents in the auto space are looking to collaborate rather than compete, in an effort to pool resources while also offsetting some of the financial burden associated with AV development.
We used CB Insights’ Business Relationship data to illustrate the dynamic web of partnerships underlying the autonomous vehicle ecosystem.
For the purposes of this visualization, we focused on partnerships between automakers, Tier 1 suppliers, full-stack autonomous driving developers (e.g. Waymo, Aurora), and mobility service providers (e.g. Uber, Lyft). We exclude companies working on specific components of autonomous driving such as perception, mapping, and simulation. We also exclude partnerships for Baidu, Nvidia, and Intel from the below graphic given their vast number of partnerships, and discuss them later in this post.
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