Qualcomm-backed self-driving startup ZongmuTech closes new $190 million funding round, considers A-share listing
ZongmuTech, a Qualcomm-backed Chinese autonomous driving startup, announced Thursday that it has closed a cumulative $190 million Series D round of funding from investors including a fund backed by smartphone giant Xiaomi.
ZongmuTech is a Shanghai-based provider of ADS (Autonomous Driving System) and ADAS (Advanced Driving Assistance System) technologies, with products including ADS/ADAS controllers, cameras, millimeter-wave radars, and ultrasonic sensors.
Its Series D financing was split into three stages, with investors in the D1 round including Denso of Japan and in the D2 round including Cowin Capital.
Its Series D3 round was led by Hubei Xiaomi Changjiang Industrial Investment Fund Management Co, with follow-on investors including Fosun Capital and original shareholders including Qualcomm Ventures.
This is one of the first investments made by a Xiaomi-backed fund in the smart vehicle industry chain since the smartphone giant officially announced its entry into the car-making field on March 30.
With the investment, ZongmuTech is expected to launch a multi-dimensional collaboration in Xiaomi's smart scene application area.
ZongmuTech is considering listing on China's Nasdaq-style sci-tech innovation board, also known as the STAR market, a company spokesperson told CnEVPost.
As a high-tech company, ZongmuTech wants to and is actively preparing for a potential initial public offering on the STAR market, the company said, without giving further details.
ZongmuTech was founded in 2013, and in 2017, it released its first-generation AVP (Autonomous Valet Parking) technology, making it one of the first companies to enable autonomous parking in underground parking environments without GPS signals.
In 2019, with the help of high-precision millimeter-wave radar and ultrasonic sensors, its AVP technology can achieve more advanced parking intelligence regardless of light conditions.
ZongmuTech plans to make further breakthroughs in algorithms, computing power, and sensors to promote the adoption of autonomous driving together with car companies.
ZongmuTech's customers include BAIC, Changan Automobile, SAIC, WM Motor, Li Auto, and Qualcomm, according to its official website.
ZongmuTech currently has a total of about 600 employees, of which 80% are R&D staff. More than 40% of the employees are Masters degree or above holders around the globe. Its founder and CEO, Rui Tang, has 14 years of experience in R&D management of automotive electronics semiconductors in Silicon Valley.