Pitstop, a prognostics platform for predicting vehicle failures before they happen, today announced $1.5 million in seed financing as well as a pilot test program with leading automotive supplier and intelligent transportation technology company, Continental. The funding round was led by Toronto-based VC fund Ripple Ventures with participation from WorldQuant Ventures, Hike VC, OCE, and MD from Clairvest Michael Castellarin.

The program combines capabilities of the Pitstop Data Engine and the Continental Remote Vehicle Data (RVD) Platform to provide real-time, actionable insights to the automotive industry, including the aftermarket, through a dashboard and mobile application. The combined data and prognostics tool can predict failures, prevent inefficiencies and reduce maintenance costs faced by the automotive industry.

“With the growth of the global automotive market, and the global connected car market expected to reach $280.36 billion by 2026, we are seeing predictive analytics play a vital role in reducing unexpected downtime and costs for businesses operating in this industry,” said Pitstop Founder and CEO, Shiva Bhardwaj. “As business models move from products to services, Pitstop is excited about exploring the opportunities presented by combiningContinental’s RVD Platform with our analytics solution, to help our clients navigate the changing transportation industry.”

The Pitstop prognostics platform aggregates automotive data and sends it to a secure remote server where algorithms, artificial intelligence and machine learning tools provide useful information about increasingly complex automotive systems.

“Continental is excited to be working with Pitstop on the opportunities that combining Pitstop’s analytics platform with Continental’s RVD platform can bring to the automotive industry,” said Christopher Bahlman, Head of Diagnostics & Services for the Independent Aftermarket segment of Continental’s Commercial Vehicles & Aftermarket Business Unit in North America.

The pilot test program between Pitstop and Continental positions both companies with an unparalleled, transformative and first to market offering that provides predictability about the future and addresses the current realities of today for customers throughout the automotive value chain.