TomTom nabs self-driving startup January 20, 2017 Auto Tech Newsletter Archive January 20, 2017 Share TomTom nabs self-driving startup on Facebook Share TomTom nabs self-driving startup on Twitter Share TomTom nabs self-driving startup on LinkedIn Share TomTom nabs self-driving startup via Email Auto Tech Newsletter Archive Uber to open Michigan research center. Velodyne opens LiDAR factory. Airbus plans airborne taxi trials. The new corporate R&D Hi there, With automakers essentially co-opting CES as a satellite auto show in recent years, it’s no surprise that this year’s tradeshow was packed with automotive reveals and demos. Our own CB Insights analyst Nick Pappageorge (@npappag) was on the scene this year and shared his 8 key takeaways from the event, covering autonomous driving, drones, IoT, and more. CB Insights subscribers can also click here to track the startups of CES 2017. In recent months, we’ve heard several major automakers have mulled establishing their own venture arms, as OEMs are aggressively investing in startups as a conduit for tech innovation. With non-tech buyers as a whole becoming a force in tech acquisitions (like GM with Cruise), the topic of outsourced corporate R&D was a major topic at last week’s CB Insights Innovation Summit. In our corporate innovation panel, Dave McClure of 500 Startups pointed out common pitfalls among corporations seeking to become active startup investors: The full recap includes more tips from Jeff Pashalides of Sequoia Capital and Tom Frangione of Greylock Partners, elaborating on what corporations must bring to the table (beyond capital) to be effective investors in tech startups. For those of you who couldn’t attend, you can still sign up here to get the videos and presentations. The highlights will also be posted here as they become available. Have a great rest of the week. Kerry @kerrygwu If you aren’t already a client, sign up for a free trial to learn more about our platform.