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Safe-Driving AI Startup Newton Joins Team At Nauto

Safe-driving AI startup Newton Technologies has announced that it is joining Nauto, a transportation company working to make human drivers and autonomous vehicles safer.

Launched in 2017, Newton utilized artificial intelligence (AI) to develop solutions that could boost connected mobility, safety mapping and driver behavior analytics.

“We have since then had the privilege of working alongside some of the best minds in the industry, developing relationships and partnerships with leading companies in the space and creating technologies in connected mobility, safety mapping and driver behavior analytics,” the company wrote in a blog post. “Through our driver assistant, we are able to give drivers personalized risk profiles, safer routes and real-time warnings that keep them safe. We strongly believe our technologies will help us build the future of safer, smarter transportation.”

Newton’s driver assistant is much like Nauto Prevent, a product Nauto launched last June to prevent distracted driving.

“We have always held Nauto in high regard, and it has become clear that Nauto is the right home for Newton’s team and technology,” the company wrote in a blog post. “We are beyond excited to join Nauto — doing so will allow us to take our work to the next level as we strive toward our shared goal of making driving safer and smarter. We are confident that, by joining forces with their talented team and leadership, we will be able to add value to the many drivers who rely on Nauto to stay safe.”

Pear Ventures was an investor in Newton, while Nauto has currently raised $173.9 million from General Motors Ventures, Toyota AI Ventures and BMW i Ventures. In July 2017, Nauto raised a $159 million Series B round from SoftBank and Greylock.

“In connection with Newton Technologies ceasing operations, we can confirm we have attracted Newton Technologies employees to be integrated into the Nauto team to make driving smarter and safer,” Nauto COO Jennifer Haroon said in a statement to reporters.

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