There is plenty of hype round sensors and cameras for self-driving automobiles. For now, nonetheless, it’s nonetheless us people driving. Owl, a Palo Alto, California-based startup, at the moment launched its first product, a linked automotive safety digicam, and introduced $18 million in funding. Defy.vc led the spherical, with participation from Khosla Ventures, Menlo Ventures, Sherpa Capital, Moment Ventures, Maniv Mobility, and CSAA Insurance Group.

“Cars want video safety, badly,” stated Owl founder and CEO Andy Hodge, in an announcement. “No matter the way you take a look at it, whether or not when it comes to dollars or bodily injury or emotional hurt triggered, the automotive is a spot the place loads occurs.”

Owl’s dual-facing digicam is positioned on the automotive’s dashboard to seize what occurs inside and outdoors the automobile.

Above: The Owl Car Cam

Image Credit: Owl

When parked, sensors will robotically alert the driving force through the Owl Cam app if there are any issues, like break-ins or parking zone dings. The app then lets the driving force evaluate and share the HD movies.

Above: Owl app

Image Credit: Owl

According to Hodge, who has held senior govt positions at Apple, HoloLens, and Dropcam, the Owl Car Cam is at all times LTE-connected to provide drivers 24 hours of video and alerts.

The digicam is designed by Owl in Palo Alto and assembled in China. The product goes on sale at the moment for $349, which incorporates 12 months of LTE service by AT&T. After the preliminary launch, the worth will likely be $299 plus $10 per 30 days for the LTE connection.

There are already myriad dashboard cameras in the marketplace, together with Vava and Nexar, and a few supply a 360-degree view. The attraction with Owl is its fixed connection and the power to share the footage simply.

Hodge additionally underlines the significance of the safety characteristic. “There are plenty of sprint cameras on the market however none you will get that provide full safety on your automotive,” he wrote, in an e-mail to VentureBeat. “A safety digicam on your automotive must be at all times powered, at all times on, and at all times linked, type of like a number of the greatest home safety cameras.”

Founded in December 2016, Owl has raised a complete of $18 million, up to now —  a mix of seed, enterprise cash, and debt. It will use the brand new capital to extend manufacturing volumes and develop its crew of 38.

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