Voyage Auto

Voyage Auto

A technology company building products for enabling the autonomous operation of self-driving vehicles.

Voyage Auto is a technology company building products for enabling the autonomous operation of self-driving vehicles that is headquartered in Palo Alto, California and was founded in 2017 by MacCallister Higgins and Oliver Cameron.

History

Initially Voyage Auto began offering self driving cars for door to door travel within retirement communities with speeds up to 25 mph. The self driving service was initially offered in retirement communities found in San Jose, California and Central Florida.

Funding

Series A

In 2017 Voyage Auto completed a series A funding round with $20 million in funding from undisclosed investors. The company used the funding to expand its autonomous vehicles services in into Orlando, Florida.

Series A - II

On July 25, 2018 Voyage Auto announced raising $3 million in series A - II funding from the venture arm of Intact Insurance. The company also announced a partnership agreement with Intact Insurance that will allow Intact Insurance to collect data generated by Voyage Auto vehicles to adjust insurance premiums based on the data.

Series B

On September 12, 2019 Voyage Auto completed their series B funding round with $31 million in funding from Franklin Templeton Investments (lead investor), Khosla Ventures, Jaguar Land-Rover’s InMotion Ventures, and Chevron Technology Ventures. the company plans on using the funding to develop its self driving technology, expand its fleet of G2 self driving cars, and launch its G3 vehicle. After receiving their series B funding to company made the following public statement:

We’ve been working for over two years on this driverless product, and progress has been rapid. Our vehicles intelligently and autonomously navigate the complex neighborhoods of our communities, and safely transport our passengers door-to-door. This capability has been enhanced by recent accomplishments of our engineers, such as transitioning to a safety-critical and certifiable middleware, shipping a brand new prediction engine with an over 10x performance improvement, and creating triple redundancy in our perception system. This capital will take us to the next level, enabling us to commercialize safe, self-driving technology within and outside these communities.

Timeline

Funding rounds

Funding round
Funding type
Funding round amount (USD)
Funding round date
Investment
Voyage funding round, September 2019
Series B round
31,000,000
September 2019
Khosla Ventures
Voyage funding round, January 2018
15,000,000
January 2018
InMotion Ventures
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People

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Role
LinkedIn

Eric Gonzalez

Founder

Jason Wong

Employee

Luke Beard

Employee

MacCallister Higgins

Founder

Oliver Cameron

Founder

Shashank Tyagi

Employee

Warren Ouyang

Founder

Further reading

Title
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Senior citizens will lead the self-driving revolution

Andrew J. Hawkins

Web

January 10, 2018

US retirement village to have robot taxis

Daniel Thomas

Web

January 11, 2018

Where Driverless Cars Brake for Golf Carts

Daisuke Wakabayashi

Web

October 4, 2017

Why retired people could be ideal customers for self-driving cars

The Economist

Web

February 21, 2019

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News

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July 8, 2020
WebWire
One of the most anticipated all-time read is the brilliant Dr. Lisa Pachino's heart-stopping, page-turning novel "A Change in Tactics: Maiden in Voyage." Cleverly immersive plot with a great sense of realism, it comes as no surprise that the work is received by its readers with five-star reading experience., , , , Pearson Media Group admits it is in awe after its board of editors conducted a thorough evaluation. The agency has then since kept in contact with the author and offered her a p...
Cade Metz and Erin Griffith
May 12, 2020
www.nytimes.com
Perfecting the technology has taken longer than expected. The coronavirus pandemic has made it even more difficult.
Kirsten Korosec
May 11, 2020
TechCrunch
Self-driving vehicle startup Voyage said Monday that it has inked a deal with Fiat Chrysler to supply purpose-built vehicles, a partnership that will help accelerate its plan to launch a fully driverless ride-hailing service. Voyage, a three-year-old startup that tests and operates a self-driving vehicle service (with human safety operators) in retirement communities in California [...]
Kirsten Korosec
August 14, 2019
TechCrunch
In two years, Voyage has gone from a tiny self-driving car upstart spun out of Udacity to a company able to operate on 200 miles of roads in retirement communities. Now, Voyage is on the verge of introducing a new vehicle that is critical to its mission of launching a truly driverless ride-hailing service. (Human [...]

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