Denso, an automotive supplier with its North American headquarters in Southfield, is expanding its investments in new technologies for self-driving cars. The innovations will include core automotive startups, biosensors, and cybersecurity, and will be previewed at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
“DENSO’s vision for the future of mobility goes beyond automotive, and it will take the combination of a broad range of emerging technologies to make that vision a reality,” says Tony Cannestra, director of corporate ventures at Denso.
“(In 2018) we’ll look especially at companies tackling automated driving, cybersecurity, and both biometric and vehicle sensors, including LIDAR and radar. Our CES meetings will play a big role in decisions we make over the next year.”
Denso currently holds more than 10 startup investments and continues seeking investment expansion. Three Denso ventures will present at the CES exhibit, while early stage startups have the opportunity to pitch Cannestra by signing up for a 20-minute meeting on Denso’s website. The CVC group led by Cannestra often invests $1 million to $4 million in transportation industry technology startups.
Pitch meetings will take place January 10-11 from 1-4p.m. at Denso’s CES exhibit. Scheduling information can be found here