Advances in transportation and mobility are changing the way people get around, and these five startups are leading the way.
While plenty of startups may be timid and focused too narrowly on “product-market fit,” there are still lots of enterprising startups out there with big, weird ideas trying to change the world. In our Game Changers report, we identified 8 categories of innovation poised to have the greatest impact on the world. Chief among these is transportation and mobility, which could impact how we navigate increasingly crowded cities and move about an ever more interconnected world.
We’ve identified 5 startups taking mobility and transportation to the next level through ideas like electric planes and hyper-fast rail. The top 5 mobility game changers are Zee.Aero, Hyperloop One (H1), Nauto, Dispatch, and Nexar. These companies are at different levels of maturity, varying between $2M and $164M in funding, but all have fundamentally game-changing ways of thinking about how we’ll move around in the future.
Zee.Aero is a stealth startup focused on building a small, all-electric plane that can take off and land vertically. Unaffiliated with Google (but based right near the GooglePlex), the flying car project announced it had been personally financed by Larry Page since 2010, and currently employs nearly 150 people.
Total Funding: $100M
Select Investors: Larry Page (angel)
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Nexar uses smartphones to create an AI-backed dashcam network that works to predict and prevent accidents. In addition to reading road conditions in real-time, Nexar also streamlines the insurance claims process in the event of an accident using 3D re-creation.
Total Funding: $14.5M
Select Investors: True Ventures, Slow Ventures, Mosaic Ventures, Aleph
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