Japan-based Preferred Networks uses real-time machine learning algorithms for devices, especially in the industrial and manufacturing spaces.
How it compares to competitors: Preferred Networks doesn’t just focus on one industry. It works on projects across several, including healthcare, retail, and network security – apart from autonomous cars.
Amount raised: US$95.4 million
Funding stage: Undisclosed
Investor: Toyota Motor Corporation
Investment type: Equity
Purpose: The investment will further spur Toyota’s and Preferred Networks’ joint research and development of AI tech in mobility-related fields like autonomous driving. To date, their R&D has focused on object recognition and analysis of vehicle information.
Total disclosed funding to date: US$116.4 million
Converted from Japanese yen. Rate: US$1 = JPY 110.1.