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Whale Dynamic, a Chinese startup that offers driverless delivery, raises $2.5M for US market

Whale Dynamic has stiff competition in China from Meituan and JD.com, both of which tested their driverless cars last year.

Driverless Delivery Startup Whale Dynamic Raises $2.5M For US Market

Whale Dynamic, a new Nuro challenger from China has targeted the US after raising $2.5 million in a seed round from QuianChuang Capital, Shangbang Huizhong, and others. 

This Shenzhen-based driverless and autonomous delivery startup was founded by Baidu old-timer David Chang back in 2018. The company is now in the process of developing driverless delivery vans like Nuro that totally do away with both the wheel as well as the driving seat. 

Whale Dynamic is contracted with a Chinese manufacturer for the production of self-driving vans. Chang says that Whale Dynamic edges out Nuro in the matter of costs, which is no surprise as the total production of its vans is done in China with a unit costing $20,000. 

Whale Dynamic has stiff competition in China from Meituan and JD.com, both of which tested their driverless cars last year. However, Chang believes that Whale Dynamic’s technology and painstaking R&D, along with testing on passenger cars will even the odds. 

As both regulators from the US and China have increased their scrutiny of tech companies for risks to national security, Chang said that when Whale Dynamic enters the US market, it will go for US cloud services like Google Cloud, with the Chinese team only being responsible for the hardware. 

Another factor working in their favour is that the suppliers for Whale Dynamic are also American. With the offering of ready-to-use vehicles and software as services, the operational part will be in the hands of clients and that should take care of any leakage of sensitive data.

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