PreAct raises $1.6M from Sony, others to help prevent car accidents with crash-sensing tech

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Automotive accidents kill about 1.35 million folks worldwide every year. Regardless of extra superior collision warning techniques now constructed into vehicles, crashes within the U.S. have risen greater than 12% since 2011.

Now a Portland startup desires to curb these numbers with new crash-sensing know-how.

PreAct raised $1.6 million in a spherical led by Alpha Bridge that included participation from elev8.vc and Sony’s enterprise capital arm, Sony Innovation Fund.

Based in 2018 after spinning out of a protection contractor firm referred to as Artis, PreAct’s software program makes use of near-field sensors to assist sense a car’s environment. The know-how was initially developed to guard army automobiles from missiles. It permits vehicles to regulate suspension and seating positions to raised put together for affect. This video reveals the software program in motion.

The 9-person firm sells to automotive security suppliers; auto producers; auto insurance coverage firms; and extra. It additionally works with self-driving corporations. PreAct’s tech might be featured in 2024 and 2025 automobiles.

Whole funding is $3.eight million up to now. PreAct is led by CEO Paul Drysch, who beforehand labored at Aeris, Cisco, RideCell, and Civil Maps.

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