Amazon Alexa Fund backs Vancouver, BC connected car startup Mojio, as part of $23M funding round

Credit: Nat Levy, Geekwire

Mojio, a Vancouver, B.C. startup that aims to connect cars to the internet, has raised a $23 million funding round, with participation from Amazon’s Alexa fund.

Mojio provides a cloud-based platform and teams up with network operators that make hardware that can plug into a car’s diagnostic port, turning any vehicle into a connected car and WiFi hotspot. The company said it has worked with T-Mobile through its SyncUp Drive program as well as major carriers in Canada, Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic.

This round was led by Canadian investment firm Kensington Capital Partners. The Alexa Fund has invested in the company in previous rounds, and Mojio has an Alexa skill that lets users learn about their car via voice commands.

“The Mojio skill for Alexa lets customers simply use voice to track vehicle location, trip distance and fuel levels,” Paul Bernard, director of the Alexa Fund said in a statement. “By unlocking data insights from the car, we see opportunity for Mojio to continue innovating with Alexa to bring customers more delightful voice-powered experiences.”

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