With autonomous vehicles of all levels on the very near horizon and electric vehicles gaining in popularity, the entire auto industry is poised to make a drastic shift in the coming years. Autos aren't just manufactured machines anymore, they're technology products in the same way that any computer or consumer electronic device.
Because of this, a sizable startup culture is beginning to spring up around the automotive industry. Beyond ride-sharing apps like Lyft and Uber startups are taking on big issues from cyber security, to facilitating autonomous driving, and even developing the infrastructure to support electric vehicles. One start up is even pushing to open-source autonomous car technology.
2018 will continue to see a sea change in the automotive industry. Here, we've rounded up 10 startups at the forefront of that wave that will be worth keeping an eye on through 2018 and beyond.
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Chris Wiltz is a Senior Editor at Design News, covering emerging technologies including AI, VR/AR, and robotics.