The Volvo Group Venture Capital AB has announced an investment in the autonomous trucking technology company Waabi. The Canadian start-up is developing next-generation artificial intelligence (AI) technology to solve autonomy at scale.
Recently, Waabi unveiled its core autonomous trucking solution, the Waabi Driver, designed for large-scale commercialization and safe deployment. This solution is complemented by Waabi World, a scalable high-quality simulator, which exposes the Waabi Driver to a vast diversity of scenarios to hone its driving skills and pave the way for widespread adoption of autonomous trucking.
Martin Witt, President of Volvo Group Venture Capital, said, “The company Waabi is using advanced AI technology to test, assess skills, and ultimately teach a virtual driver to maneuver safely and efficiently in a commercial-ready autonomous trucking solution. We are impressed by what they have accomplished and see that Volvo Group can add considerable strategic value to the development of their business. We are currently exploring ways to cooperate.”
Raquel Urtasun, Founder and CEO of Waabi, added, “Autonomy will one day transform trucking and logistics, but the self-driving industry has not yet solved this challenge. Our AI-first approach is the key to unlocking this reality at scale. Volvo Group’s investment in Waabi marks the next step in our journey, particularly around our shared commitment to safety.”
Nils Jaeger, President of Volvo Autonomous Solutions, commented, “Partnerships and investments are key to commercializing autonomous transport solutions at scale. We welcome Volvo Group’s decision to invest in companies like Waabi who are building the new transport ecosystem.”