Smartcar raises $10 million from NEA and Andreessen Horowitz for developers to build apps for connected cars

Smartcar, an under-the-radar connected car platform based in Mountain View, California, has announced a series A round of funding led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA), with participation from Andreessen Horowitz, which previously contributed a $2 million seed round.

Founded in 2014, Smartcar in its original guise was specifically aimed at Tesla Model S owners, allowing drivers to automatically set the car’s temperature before they enter the vehicle, as well as optimizing the vehicle’s charging periods based on local utility pricing.

Fast-forward four years, and Smartcar is an entirely different proposition. The Smartcar platform is basically a suite of connected car APIs and SDKs for developers to build apps that can integrate and communicate with vehicles.