Hayden AI raises USD20m in Series A round led by TYH Ventures

Hayden AI, a smart city solutions provider that developed the world's first autonomous traffic management platform, has raised USD20 million in a Series A funding round led by TYH Ventures with participation from previous investors Autotech Ventures, BootstrapLabs and Modern Venture Partners, bringing the company's total funding to over USD30 million.

The new funds will be used to expand its reach nationally and internationally, and to accelerate hiring across R&D, cybersecurity, and customer support.

Hayden AI bridges the innovation gap in traffic management by combining artificial intelligence with mobile sensors that have the ability to see and reason in 3D. The company partners with government agencies to deploy its spatially aware technologies and encourages community and stakeholder participation through its digital platform, converting a city's fleet of public and private vehicles into a smart fleet of sensors capable of autonomous traffic enforcement. By fusing data from IoT sensors, the company's platform generates a digital twin of the city's main roads and kerbsides in real time to simulate scenarios and generate insights that enhance traffic management, including parking and kerbside management.

"Hayden AI is leading the way in creating smart solutions for cities of the future. Its autonomous traffic management platform enables innovative cities to improve urban mobility and enhance the quality of life of communities by making traffic flow safer and more reliable," says Kolya Miller, Managing Partner at TYH Ventures. "The company is spearheaded by a world-class team of experts in data science, transportation, and government technology. We look forward to supporting them as they continue to leverage the combined power of artificial intelligence and IoT to transform and modernise traffic management."

Cities are witnessing a steady decline in transit fleet efficiency, reliability, and safety due to the rise in road and kerbside congestion. This has exacerbated other urban city challenges including climate change, inequality, poor air quality, and unemployment. By utilising Hayden AI's autonomous traffic management and enforcement platform, cities have seen significant improvement in the effectiveness and efficiency of their public transit programs. The outcomes have been streamlined routes, better commute times, reduced wait times at bus stops, less vehicle crowding, and improved bus speeds and schedule reliability. All this has encouraged more citizens to choose public transit, resulting in increased agency fare revenues, lower operational costs, and a decrease in traffic congestion, pedestrian injuries and fatalities.

"This round led by TYH Ventures will fuel the continued growth and expansion of our autonomous traffic management platform," says Chris Carson, Founder and CEO of Hayden AI. "With this new infusion of capital, we will scale our operations to meet growing national and international demand, capitalising on big data from connected technologies to address urban city challenges by making traffic flow more safe, reliable, and sustainable."

Looking ahead, Hayden AI has its sights set on autonomous vehicles for further expansion of its traffic enforcement solution. The company plans to embed traffic enforcement rules, such as the location of bus lanes, bike lanes, no stopping zones, and no standing zones, into HD maps used by self-driving vehicles. By partnering with mapping companies, Hayden AI's policy layers semantically annotated with traffic enforcement rules will be embedded into HD maps that help autonomous vehicles navigate. This will enable self-driving vehicles to automatically comply with traffic laws when navigating through cities without human interference. For instance, the vehicle will know not to pull over and pick up a passenger at a no stopping zone, or that cars can ride in bus lanes only at certain hours.

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