Top 20 Automotive Technology Companies - 2019

Automotive - 2019 A decade ago, no one would have anticipated driving around towns and cities in a driverless car, but today, that is the reality. With similar technological advancements introducing several innovative techniques in the market, what other transformation could be expected in the functioning of the automotive industry? To begin with, while a vehicle’s primary function—transport—has remained unaltered for all these past years, presently, manufacturers, dealers, and even end-users are majorly concerned and interested in digital capabilities of a car. As digitalization is gradually penetrating the automotive industry, cars have now become tech accessories. Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are shifting their focus from hardware to software, customer engagement, and user experience. OEMs are designing and developing software powered by sensor fusion technology that would deliver solutions by integrating and managing incoming data from several car sensors. The data acts as a key enabler in allowing cars to communicate with other on-road vehicles, interpret smart traffic signs, and avoid accidents or traffic jams. Driving monitoring system is one such tool, which is embedded with cameras and sensory devices to monitor driver’s alertness. Apart from sensors and connectivity, automotive AI is another buzzword dominating the automotive market. Developers are working toward exploiting and extracting the capabilities of AI along with deep learning to build software and tools that improve safety and performance. Some of the uses of AI are being employed to develop capabilities around simulation training and testing, image recognition and processing. On the dealers’ front, technologies are used to develop solutions that streamline their business processes such as managing reports and statuses of the vehicles sold and interact with customers to respond to their queries. Along with handling such sensitive and relevant information about a dealer’s business, automotive solution providers are rendering security solutions that protect all such data from falling into fraudsters hands. Vehicle tracking is another safety measure that has been rapidly increasing in the automotive industry. Although being around for almost five to six years, vehicle tracking is expected to witness an upsurge in its effectiveness owing to enhancements and accuracy in GPS devices. Last few years have also seen the rise of optical hardware and software solutions that not only ease up the driving process for all the drivers but also act as a substitute for them by acting as their visual aids. To bring out more such transformative solutions available in the market within the reach of several OEMs, dealers, and customers, a distinguished panel comprising of CEOs, CIOs, VCs, and analysts along with the editorial panel of CIOReview has selected the top 20 Most Automotive Technology Solution Providers of 2019. These automotive solutions providers are hand-picked based upon their rich history and competency as a trusted and dependable partner to the clients. Moreover, these vendors are well-versed with the fluctuating nature of the automotive industry and not just aspire but also succeed at staying updated with the latest trends transforming the automotive sector. We present to you CIOReview’s ‘20 Most Promising Automotive Technology Solution Providers 2019’

Top Automotive Technology Companies

The company provides a complete visual perception solution, based on an embedded visual perception platform integrating image processing, artificial intelligence, and computational imaging, for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving. BST develops algorithms for computational imaging, machine vision, such as camera array solutions for mobile devices, vision perception system for ADAS and autonomous drive and algorithm for sensors fusion. As an AI digital imaging technology firm that creates solutions for real-world AI challenges, the company offers solutions for image processing, computing images, and embedded sensing platforms

Cidana is a top automotive technology solution provider offering advanced multimedia software and next-generation video coding solutions for the mobile, embedded, consumer electronics, and automotive market. A top automotive technology solution provider, Cidana is a pioneer in advanced multimedia software solutions for the mobile, embedded, consumer electronics, and automotive market. The company provides solutions for a broad array of products, including Digital TV players, multimedia SDKs, and optimized Audio Video Codec components. To top it all, the company extends responsive service and maintenance throughout the entire product lifecycle to ensure high quality

Incepted in 2008, DealerBuilt is a dealer management system provider who is on a mission to make a difference for automotive dealers by utilizing their time, talents, and resources. DealerBuilt integrated modules to fit every individual dealer needs including accounting, parts and service, sales and finance/insurance, payroll, customized reporting, and more. DealerBuilt has developed a full suite of integrated dealer management software modules that enables clients to take complete control of their DMS. DealerBuilt is laser-focused on providing a reliable DMS and the information needed to run a dealership business

DeepMap is an automotive technology solution provider co-founded by James Wu and Mark Wheeler in 2016. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, the company is driven by the mission to accelerate safe and affordable autonomy. Wei Luo, the COO of DeepMap, has a nine-year stint at Google working on Google Earth, Google Maps, and other teams. She was recently honored as a “Woman of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal. DeepMap is benefiting businesses with their state-of-the-art mapping and localization modules. By engaging in meaningful partnerships with DeepMap, their clients are reducing risk and speeding up time to market

An automotive technology solution provider that develops image grade LiDAR sensor systems for autonomous vehicles and ADAS market.On a quest to make self-driving cars safer, Innovusion has designed the world’s first image-grade LiDAR system intended to create a high density point-cloud for self-driving perception, decision, and control. Designed to provide crucial information about dynamic environments, a high angular resolution enables the LiDAR to survey cars for up to 270 meters, small objects, and even reading signage. In the near future, Innovusion will make its compact and easy-to-integrate LiDAR systems available commercially

LotLinx is a leading marketing technology company for the automotive industry, dedicated to improving dealership profitability through inventory intelligence.Its technology is built around that very point in time to reach the customer at the highly leverageable moment,” stresses Short. Indisputably, LotLinx’s innovative advertising technology ensures accelerated sales pace and increased customer engagement on the vehicles that require incremental demand by bringing them to the customer online at the right time on the right channels. LotLinx underscored the importance of Vehicle Details Page (VDP) views on a dealer’s own site, not a third-party website

An automotive technology solution provider that provides high-resolution thermal imaging sensors to car manufacturers. Though automotive is its key driver, Seek Thermal participates across verticals such as fire and safety and law enforcement, as well as expanding its predictive maintenance capabilities in Industrial IoT. Some of its products include the Compact Series designed to turn smartphones into thermal imaging tools, and the Reveal Series catering to outdoor recreation such as boating and hunting. Seek Thermal also offers a range of OEM Thermal Camera Cores to deliver optimal performance in applications such as security surveillance and test and measurement

An eight-year-old Israeli startup, Vayyar offers sophisticated millimeter wave 4D imaging radar sensors for automotive manufacturers. By emitting low-frequency (LF) radio waves and detecting their reflections, these sensors identify the number of passengers present inside the car, build a real-time 4D image of each person, and monitor their vital signs and posture in real-time. The comprehensive 4D imaging solution is provided through an automotive evaluation kit, combining the functions of radar and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR). Unlike cameras and other automotive sensors, Vayyar’s 4D sensors have the ability to differentiate objects and work even in the dark, fog, and extreme weather conditions, whilst maintaining 100 percent passenger privacy all the time

A leading automotive solution provider, Wayne Reaves, offers an innovative dealer management software (DMS) that makes it easy for car dealers to manage every aspect their car business. Wayne Reaves’ DMS provides an easy-to-use experience for dealers of all types and sizes with multi-location and online hosting capabilities. Founded in 1987, by an independent automobile dealer, the company initially focused on developing and delivering software for ‘buy-here, pay-here’ automotive firms. Slowly, with time, Wayne Reaves expanded its capabilities to also include financing. Today, the firm is recognized as one of the leading providers for top-notch dealership solutions that not only saves auto dealers time and money but also ensure that they adhere to the legal laws required to run a successful dealership

Autoliv

Autoliv

As a worldwide leader in automotive safety, Autoliv caters to all the car manufacturers across the globe and boasts a presence in 27 countries. Autoliv develops, manufactures and markets airbags, seatbelts, and steering wheels. Statistically, more than three airbags or seatbelts from Autoliv has been delivered to every vehicle produced globally during the last ten years. Autoliv has been at the heart of all significant technological breakthroughs within the automative safety over the previous 60 years. When a traffic accident occurs, Autoliv's products have a few milliseconds to prove themselves, saving the lives of drivers, passengers, and pedestrians

AutoLoop

AutoLoop

AutoLoop is the leading provider of auto industry marketing, sales, and service solutions. AutoLoop has been helping automotive dealerships grow their businesses, since 2005. It started out with the AutoLoop Sales and Service Suites, a set of seamlessly interconnected Sales, Service, and Engagement tools designed to give dealerships industry-leading features, intelligent analytics, and streamlined performance. AutoLoop is an Inc. 500 company with nearly 1 billion names in its database and over 2 billion individual communications initiated. AutoLoop is passionate about being America’s premium customer retention partner for progressive dealerships

CarNow

CarNow

CarNow is the first digital automobile retail platform built for a simplified customer shopping experience. Our platform simplifies the way dealers, and customers communicate and transact. CarNow provides a next-generation digital communication platform that was developed in partnership with leading dealership groups across the country. Their tools are built on a unique software architecture that provides the foundation for digital retailing in the automotive industry. The platform incorporates vehicle content and dealership resources while providing a concierge-level experience to online customers, which fundamentally enhances the interaction between customers and dealers

CDK Global

CDK Global

CDK Global is committed to helping dealers connect to and serve their customer base while growing their businesses in the way in which they envision. After more than 40 years, CDK Global recognizes that it can deliver upon this commitment by listening to dealers and understanding their unique challenges, distinctions and opportunities. Today, CDK Global serves over approximately 30,000 auto, heavy truck, agriculture, construction, power sports, marine and RV dealerships throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and South America. CDK Global has never been more enthusiastic to partner with dealers in shaping the next chapter of their respective businesses and industries

Client Command

Client Command

Client Command is the automotive pioneer for knowing and engaging Active Shoppers. The company’s patented AI-powered technology delivers cutting edge marketing solutions to dealerships of every scale. Client command has always been dedicated towards innovation. Hence, Client Command’s technology offers advanced audience identification, matching real-time online shopping behavior with identity data. These features give dealers a holistic view of real Active Shoppers. Client Command possesses the ability to know more about shoppers fuels personalized omni-channel marketing solutions with a proven track record of increasing a dealership’s capacity to conquest new and retain existing customers

Conversica

Conversica

Conversica is a leader in conversational AI Assistants for businesses and also the only provider of AI-driven lead engagement, for marketing and sales organizations. By automating routine business conversations, and personalizing interactions at scale, Conversica augments any workforce allowing people and AI Assistants to work together harmoniously. The flagship Conversica Sales AI Assistant helps companies find and secure customers more quickly and efficiently by automatically contacting, engaging, qualifying, and following-up with leads via natural, multi-channel, two-way conversations. Used by more than 1,000 companies worldwide, Conversica is a portfolio company of Providence Strategic Growth, Kennet Partners and Toba Capital and is headquartered in Foster City, California

Danlaw

Danlaw

Danlaw is a global leader in connected car and automotive electronics. Dunlaw’s family of 800 people live, breathe, and create innovative tech for some of the world’s largest car makers. Thirty years ago, Dunlaw designed software for the first 8-bit Electronic Engine Control module, and today, it continues to develop forward-looking technologies. Danlaw focuses its efforts on Research and Development to stay ahead of rapidly changing industry needs in an increasingly connected world. Danlaw is known for ground-breaking tech, efficient development, and adaptive solutions for dynamic environments. Danlaw’s world-class connected vehicle solutions make Danlaw one of the largest suppliers of related gadgets in the world

Dealer Inspire

Dealer Inspire

Dealer Inspire has innovated digital products for every step of the car buying process, introducing new technology that helps dealers sell more while making their sales teams and processes more efficient and agile. From search to the signature, Dealer Inspire innovates connected marketing and technology solutions that make automotive retail faster, easier, and smarter for both shoppers and dealers. Dealers Inspire future-proofs the dealership experience. Dealer Inspier was formed by a few dealers inspired to revolutionize automotive digital marketing. Dealer Inspire built its platform on the insight of innovative dealers

Dealertrack

Dealertrack

Dealertrack provides market-leading digital solutions for automotive retail. Dealertrack's integrated platform of sales, financing, dealership management products and services help automotive dealerships optimize their business and better engage with their customers. Dealertrack professionals are dedicated to changing the way people buy, sell and own cars. Dealertrack believes all team members are our most valuable resource. Dealertrack creates an environment that nurtures personal development and promotes diversity. Dealertrack's focus is on building a better future for its clients, consumers and the industry. From responsible services and solutions development, to team member care and giving back to the communities where it's based

Eyeris

Eyeris

Eyeris provides the most advanced & comprehensive neural networks portfolio for the ultimate in-vehicle scene understanding Artificial Intelligence. Eyeris boasts of world’s most massive in-vehicle data set. Eyeris HBU portfolio of DNNs uses state of the art modelling techniques to automatically interpret intricate visual behavioural patterns of occupants inside autonomous and highly automated vehicles. These visual behavioural patterns are drawn from body tracking analytics, face analytics and emotion recognition from facial micro-expression along with action and activity recognition for all occupants inside the vehicle

IPG Automotive

IPG Automotive

Founded in 1984, IPG Automotive is a leading global developer of software products for the automotive industry in the field of vehicle dynamics simulation and driver assistance. IPG Automotive supports its customers in creating innovations efficiently, powered by its Simulation Software, Real-time Hardware, Test Systems, and Engineering Services. The company, with its services, has been simplifying the complexity of the development processes. The company’s innovative solutions which include the CarMaker, TruckMaker, and MotorcycleMaker act as open integration and test platforms and facilitate great savings both in time and cost for its clients