A Google, Uber Self-Driving Veteran Raises $40 Million For Robot Truck Startup Kodiak

A week after Uber shut down its autonomous truck program a former member of both that effort and Google’s Self-Driving Car project is resurfacing with a robot semi-truck startup that’s hitting the road with $40 million in Series A funding.

Don Burnette, who left Uber in March, and ex-venture capitalist Paz Eshel co-founded Kodiak Robotics in April to compete for business in an increasingly attractive target for autonomous vehicle tech: long-haul trucking. The Mountain View, California-based startup will use the funds to staff up on engineers and field a test fleet of AI-enabled big rigs loaded with laser Lidar sensors, radar, cameras, and computers.