Israeli tech startup Innoviz Technologies Ltd is reportedly deliberating a public listing in the U.S. through a merger with a special purpose acquisition company. Innoviz manufactures Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) sensors for autonomous vehicles.
If the deal follows through, Innoviz’s merger could create a new combined entity with an aggregate valuation exceeding $1 billion.
Collective Growth, in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in February this year, disclosed that it may initially consider acquisition targets from the legalized Cannabinoid industry.
Innoviz has raised $252 million from five funding rounds and 21 investors since 2016, as per Crunchbase.
Why Does It Matter: SPAC’s are gaining more popularity as a medium for raising funds in the self-driving car segment. Some of the recent SPAC mergers involving LiDAR companies include Velodyne Lidar Inc’s (NASDAQ: VLDR) acquisition in September this year by Graf Industrial Corp. Aeva Inc’s merger with Interprivate Acquisition Corp (NYSE: IPV) was announced in early November.
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