Volvo invests in Israeli technology start-ups

July 22, 2019 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Volvo invests in Israeli technology start-ups
Swedish carmaker Volvo Cars has made investments in two Israeli technology start-ups through Volvo Cars Tech Fund, the company’s venture capital investment arm. Their fields of expertise: Medical AI and visual inspection technology.

Both companies, UVeye and MDGo have their headquarters in Tel Aviv, where Volvo Cars has been involved with DRIVE, a so-called ‘accelerator’ for young companies in the mobility sector, since 2017. UVeye and MDGo have developed their business in recent years with the help of DRIVE, offering the potential to boost quality and safety respectively. They represent the Tech Fund’s first investments outside the US and Europe.

MDGo is a company specialising in what it calls medical artificial intelligence. Through the use of machine learning technology, the company aims to save lives by making sure that people are treated according to their specific injury following an accident with their car. MDGo’s technology will combine real-time data from the car during an accident with medical knowledge with the aim to make automated early and immediate predictions on the type of injuries emergency personnel are likely to encounter at the scene of the accident.

This data would be transmitted to trauma physicans and emergency personnel via a cloud-based platform to improve treatment of the people involved in an accident. As such, the technology is believed to have the potential to reduce the likelihood of complications and by extension serious injuries and fatalities.

The Tech Fund’s other investment, UVeye, has developed advanced technology for the automatic external inspection and scanning of cars for damages, dents and scratches. Volvo Cars is not just investing in the company but is also looking at using UVeye’s technology for conducting full exterior inspection of cars after they roll out from production lines.

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