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Every robot, drone, and autonomous vehicle faces a fundamental challenge: understanding its location and nearby objects so that it can map and navigate around its environment. Founded in 2016, SLAMcore is tackling this problem by developing “spatial intelligence” solutions for robots and machines using simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) algorithms that analyze sensor information.

Based in the United Kingdom, SLAMcore has been a part of the Toyota AI Ventures portfolio since 2017. After raising a $5M Series A financing round in 2020, the company is scaling operations and expanding the team. …


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Based in Menlo Park, California, SummerBio was founded in May 2020 to offer rapid, affordable, high-volume COVID-19 testing for all. Recognizing that existing testing options were falling short, with results often arriving late, SummerBio was formed to dramatically improve the COVID-19 testing process through the use of state-of-the-art robotics and automated liquid handling systems.

SummerBio recently joined the Toyota AI Ventures portfolio, and is now growing quickly and increasing the testing capacity of its CLIA-certified lab. SummerBio CEO Guido Baechler is leading a team of life science automation industry veterans, diagnostic molecular biologists, laboratory scientists, public health experts, software engineers, and other specialists. …


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Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Carbice is the newest member of the Toyota AI Ventures portfolio. Founded by CEO Dr. Baratunde Cola, Carbice began commercial development in 2016. The primary product is Carbice® Carbon, a composite made of recycled aluminum and aligned carbon nanotubes with tremendously high heat-conducting ability. It dissipates heat away from product packaging, thereby lowering device temperatures, lengthening product lifetimes, and improving safety and reliability. Carbice® Carbon is currently being used in satellites and a variety of terrestrial applications and environments.

Carbice recently closed its Series A funding round, and is now expanding the team and ramping up production. …


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Based in Montreal, Canada, YPC Technologies is a food robotics startup that envisions making restaurant-quality food more accessible through the power of automation. YPC’s solution combines robotics, computer vision, and AI with commercial cooking appliances to execute recipes from a library of thousands of options.

YPC recently joined the Toyota AI Ventures portfolio through our 2020 “call for innovation,” and the team — led by CEO Gunnar Grass — is currently hiring for a number of key roles. …


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Based in Boston, our portfolio company Sea Machines is bringing autonomy to the maritime industry. Sea Machines is applying artificial intelligence to the massive global ocean transportation market, providing ships and workboats with the technology to work remotely, increasing safety for maritime crews, and enabling operators to be more productive. The team, led by CEO and co-founder Michael Johnson, is made up of an experienced group of mariners, engineers, programmers, and autonomy scientists.

Sea Machines joined the Toyota AI Ventures portfolio in 2018, and its systems are now operational in six seas and oceans. Vessels with Sea Machines technology have navigated more than 20,000 miles autonomously to date. The team is growing rapidly, so if you’re interested in marine autonomy, check out these two jobs that are currently available on the Toyota AI Ventures job board: Director of System Test, and Senior Perception Scientist. …


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Based in Boston, our portfolio company Perceptive Automata is tackling a major problem: helping autonomous vehicles (AVs) better understand humans. Traditionally, human drivers make critical intuitive judgments about the intentions of others and signal to one another in subtle ways — such as eye contact, posture, and head movements. However, machines lack the ability to interpret these visual cues. Perceptive Automata’s software is designed to enable AVs to operate more smoothly in reaction to other drivers, pedestrians, or cyclists.

Perceptive Automata joined the Toyota AI Ventures portfolio in 2018, and the company is currently hiring for a number of key engineering roles. If you are interested in using an understanding of human behavior, computer vision, and machine learning to make AVs safer, check out these two roles that are currently available on the Toyota AI Ventures job board: Software Engineering Manager, Data Pipeline, and Senior Software Engineer, Sensors. …


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Moodify founder and CEO Yigal Sharon

Founded in 2017 by CEO Yigal Sharon and CTO Yaniv Mama, Moodify develops software-designed scents. With the use of advanced algorithms, the resulting scents are effective and precise in improving people’s sense of well-being and positively influencing human behavior. The company’s technology, based on more than a decade of neurobiology research at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, uses safe, non-intrusive signals to temporarily affect how your brain interprets certain smells — which includes masking less pleasant odors. The primary product, Moodify White, has potential applications in rideshare vehicles, used cars, hotel rooms, and more.

We announced our investment in Moodify in the fall of 2019. In this Q&A, we chat with Yigal Sharon about why he launched the company, how Moodify’s active scent technology works, and what’s next for the startup.


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Photo courtesy of May Mobility

Based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, our portfolio company May Mobility is transforming transportation by developing and deploying autonomous shuttles that get people where they need to go, safely and easily. Led by CEO and co-founder Edwin Olson, May Mobility’s self-driving shuttle service is currently operating in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

May Mobility joined the Toyota AI Ventures portfolio in 2018, and it is now entering an exciting phase of growth. Read on to learn about two key May Mobility roles available on the Toyota AI Ventures jobs board: senior product manager and senior robotics engineer.

Senior Product Manager — Solutions (Ann Arbor…


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Image courtesy of Freedom Robotics

Based in San Francisco, Freedom Robotics is an API-first robotics control, monitoring, and management platform that enables robotics developers to get started with just one line of code. Led by co-founder and CEO Joshua Wilson, the Freedom Robotics team is building the world-class software and services needed to power robots, in the belief that robots help make life better for everyone.

Since joining the Toyota AI Ventures portfolio in 2019, Freedom Robotics has rolled out a variety of new product releases, such as Pilot, which enables teleoperations on robots, and a resource monitoring tool. …


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Image courtesy of Third Wave

Based in Union City, California, our portfolio company Third Wave is transforming material handling in warehouses by using computer vision, robotics, and machine learning technology to make forklifts autonomous. Founded in 2018 by CEO Arshan Poursohi, chief robotics officer Mac Mason, and CTO James Davidson, Third Wave is making forklifts more efficient to operate, and improving warehouse safety — all through the process of shared autonomy.

Third Wave recently emerged from stealth and is now recruiting for a variety of roles. If you’re interested in joining a company that is disrupting the global forklift industry, read on to learn about the Third Wave roles currently available on the Toyota AI Ventures jobs board: technical program manager and machine learning (ML) software engineer. …

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