Pittsburgh self-driving safety firm Edge Case announces $7 million in funding

A Pittsburgh company working to make self-driving cars see better and ultimately be safer announced Thursday it raised $7 million in its first round of investment funding.

Edge Case Research, based in Lawrenceville, said the money will be used to expand its Hologram software that helps identify bugs in the software used by autonomous vehicles and will allow it to grow its staff of about 40 employees to about 60.

The investment was led by Chris Urmson, co-founder and CEO of the self-driving car company Aurora Innovation, which has offices in Pittsburgh and California, and ANSYS, a Pittsburgh-based simulation software company.

Edge Case CEO Michael Wagner said the investors are part of an “ecosystem” that together will work to advance technologies to make self-driving cars a reality.