PreAct raises $1.6M from Sony, others to help prevent car accidents with crash-sensing tech

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Car accidents kill about 1.35 million people worldwide each year. Despite more advanced collision warning systems now built into cars, crashes in the U.S. have risen more than 12% since 2011.

Now a Portland startup wants to curb those numbers with new crash-sensing technology.

PreAct raised $1.6 million in a round led by Alpha Bridge that included participation from and Sony’s venture capital arm, Sony Innovation Fund.

Founded in 2018 after spinning out of a defense contractor company called Artis, PreAct’s software uses near-field sensors to help sense a vehicle’s surroundings. The technology was originally developed to protect military vehicles from missiles. It allows cars to adjust suspension and seating positions to better prepare for impact. This video shows the software in action.

The 9-person company sells to automotive safety suppliers; auto manufacturers; auto insurance companies; and more. It also works with self-driving firms. PreAct’s tech will

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U.S. Navy Grounds Drone Helicopters After Two Accidents In A Week

The U.S. Navy has grounded its fleet of MQ-8C Fire Scout unmanned helicopters after two serious accidents within one week.

In one incident, a Fire Scout cashed during its final approach to landing at Naval Air Station Point Mugu in California. In the other, the Fire Scout was tied down — “chocked and chained” in Navy parlance – during a test, but the rotor blades still managed to strike the ground.

“Rotor blades ultimately came in contact with the ground causing blade separation and aircraft damage,” according to the official accident report.

Both accidents were listed as Class A, indicating damage in excess of $2.5 million in each case. However, no injuries were reported.

The Navy has declined to discuss the possible cause of the accidents

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