Oculii, a provider of advanced AI software for radar perception, announced a $55 million Series B funding round. The round was co-led by Catapult Ventures and Conductive Ventures, with participation from Taiwania Capital, Susquehanna Investment Group (SIG), HELLA Ventures, PHI-Zoyi Capital, R7 Partners, VectoIQ, ACVC Partners, Mesh Ventures, SV Tech Ventures, Schox Ventures and Signature Bank. The new round of financing brings Oculii’s total funding amount to $75M.
The new funding comes on the heels of Oculii’s launch of the industry’s highest-resolution radars, the EAGLE and FALCON. The two products, powered by Oculii’s AI-powered Virtual Aperture Imaging™ (VAI) software, offer unparalleled resolution and performance for autonomous systems and are already being used in commercial deployments by some of the industry’s leading autonomous robotic companies.
Oculii’s AI-powered VAI software platform redefines radar performance, enabling up to a 100x increase in resolution on any radar hardware platform—enabling high performance, all-weather perception using existing radar sensors that are market-proven and widely deployed. Oculii’s AI software technology has been licensed by some of the industry’s leading automotive radar Tier-1’s and OEMs, providing them with a scalable solution that significantly enhances commercial automotive Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) today, and unlocks fully autonomous driving in the future.
With its low-cost, high reliability and all-weather vision, Radar has transformed the automotive industry. It powers innovations such as emergency braking, blindspot detection and parking-assist systems. However, due to radar’s limited resolution, it has fallen short of the automotive industry’s autonomy needs. Improving radar performance is possible by adding more antennas to sensors, but this approach significantly increases cost, size and power consumption.
Oculii’s revolutionary approach uses AI software to solve this hardware problem.
Its AI-powered VAI platform dynamically sends out an adaptive, phase-modulated waveform that changes in real-time with the environment and then encodes that data over time, increasing the resolution of any radar hardware by up to 100x.
This improved resolution and sensitivity unlocks the potential of low-cost, mass-manufacturable, market-proven commercial radars, enabling all-weather perception with less than 1 degree joint horizontal and elevation spatial resolution up to 350 meters around a full 360-degree field of view.
“Our vision is to make radar a vital component of any autonomy solution, leveraging its inherent strengths with unparalleled resolution, and the market is responding,” said Oculii CEO and Co-founder Steven Hong. “We are working with 14 of the top 20 Tier 1/Tier 2 suppliers and have commercial development contracts with the largest OEM and AV companies in North America, Europe and Asia. This new round of financing will accelerate Oculii’s growth as the leading AI software radar solution on the market. Oculii will continue to execute on commercial opportunities with automotive, robotic and AV companies while scaling its teams and customer base globally.”
“Over the past 20 years, autonomous systems have been waiting for high resolution, weather resilient, and low-cost sensors to help enable a new level of automation,” said Darren Liccardo, managing director of Catapult Ventures, former director of Autopilot at Tesla and vice president of Engineering at DJI. “Finally, the industry has a scalable solution as Oculii’s VAI technology delivers on these metrics for both near-term ADAS features and longer-term self-driving vehicles.”