Kinetic raises $21 million

Kinetic Automation, an automotive infrastructure company that delivers digital maintenance and servicing for EVs and AVs through its network of service centers, has secured $21 million in Series B funding led by Menlo Ventures, with participation from Lux Capital, Construct Capital, Haystack Ventures, Allstate Strategic Ventures and Liberty Mutual Strategic Ventures.

Founded in 2021, Kinetic currently operates four service hubs across the nation – in Las Vegas and in Orange County, San Bernardino and Lake Elsinore in California – and plans to launch four additional hubs in the coming months. The startup offers scanning, programming and calibration of all modern vehicles equipped with advanced driver assistance systems via its Kinetic Hubs, which are staffed by certified technicians, and through revenue-sharing agreements with traditional collision repair centers, dealerships and rental fleets. It claims to have developed a robotic system that uses computer vision and machine-learning to quickly diagnose issues with a vehicle’s digital systems.

“Drivers are looking to maximize safety while minimizing insurance spend, which, unfortunately, has been pressured by the higher costs of repairing modern vehicles equipped with the sensors, software and digital systems that add intelligence. We’re partnering with Kinetic because its service model has the power to reduce costs by using technology. By making digital repair faster, more accurate and more efficient, Kinetic’s service hubs will ultimately drive down costs and increase the adoption of environmentally friendly vehicles such as EVs and plug-in hybrids. We’re committed to partnering with innovators who are building the infrastructure of the future, and we’re confident Nikhil and the Kinetic team have the expertise to scale this model and help meet the increased demand for efficient repair of modern vehicles.” – Shawn Carolan, Partner, Menlo Ventures.

“Kinetic is laser-focused on solving consumers’ pain points by leveraging AI and robotics to make modern vehicle repair effortless and cost-effective. We are proud to partner with Shawn and Menlo Ventures, who are globally respected for their early investments in technologies that have since become part of our everyday lives, including Uber, Roku and Siri, and the rest of this group of visionary investors as we scale our service model and drive EV adoption by bringing down the total cost of ownership for consumers.” – Nikhil Naikal, CEO and Co-Founder of Kinetic.

Kinetic’s solution relies on proprietary software using AI, computer vision and robotics technology that its certified technicians operate to provide precision servicing for individuals and industry partners, including collision repair centers, glass repair centers, car dealerships and rental fleets.