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PolySync wins the 2016 Top 10 Automotive Startup Award at the LA Auto Show

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【Summary】PolySync wins 2016 Top 10 Automotive Startups competition at the LA Auto Show.

Original Claire    Nov 16, 2016 4:05 AM PT
PolySync wins the 2016 Top 10 Automotive Startup Award at the LA Auto Show

We've seen lots of high-end cars and new industrial trends at the AutobilityLA 2016 Auto Show. As for the Top 10 Automotive Startups competition that's drawing a lot of attention, PolySync was the winner and will head on to the 2017 Extreme Tech Challenge on Necker Island. 

The Portland, Oregon-based startup was chosen for developing an operating system that can simplify and accelerate the development, testing and implementation of autonomous driving technologies. 

"Our story has been incredible—a year ago, we were five employees working out of a garage in Idaho," says PolySync CEO Josh Hartung. "Today we're preparing to hire our 27th employee, the ‘garage' has moved to Portland, OR, and we just opened an office in Detroit."

The competition was carried out among 100 applicants, and a final set of three was announced to public on November 11th. The other two companies are Argus from Tel Aviv, Israel, which focuses on automotive cyber security, and EverCharge from Emeryville, California that provides innovative electric car charging solutions. The three finalists received a live mentoring session from renowned Silicon Valley investor Bill Tai at Automobility LA. And after careful judging, PolySync took the trophy home. 

"With autonomous vehicles having a growing presence in our everyday lives, it is imperative to have a reliable platform that will help car manufacturers build, test and deploy safe, driverless vehicles," said LA Auto Show and AutoMobility LA President and CEO, Lisa Kaz. "PolySync's proprietary operating system was incredibly impressive and we all look forward to seeing how the company will contribute to the future of transportation in what is sure to be a meaningful way."  

PolySync founded in 2013, and has developed an advanced middleware platform that helps self-driving vehicle startups and automakers to build, test, and deploy safe driverless car applications with minimal time and resource waste. This autumn, PolySync became an affiliate member of University of Michigan's Mobility Transformation Center in Ann Arbor. It also built up a partnership with online educational platform Udacity for future development of software -- not only in cars but also for the web and mobile. 

The Top Ten Automotive Startups competition was initiated by AutomobilityLA in 2015. It sought to begin judging the most innovative and promising startups in the automotive, transportation and mobility sectors around the world. It wishes to present them to more than 20,000 of the industry's most influential thought-leaders; including automakers, tech giants, designers, developers, investors, dealers, government officials, analysts and others. 

Last year's top ten startups included Elio Motors. They make a three-wheeled personal transportation car. Another was Capio, a company that develops next-gen speech recognition for human computer interaction. This year's winner PolySync will fly to British Virgin Islands for the world's largest tech startup competition with Richard Branson as the main judge. 

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