Mladá Boleslav / Tel Aviv 19 July 2018 – ŠKODA AUTO has become a minority shareholder
in the Israeli high-tech start-up Anagog. The Israeli company was founded in 2010 and
develops technology in the field of artificial intelligence (AI). The technology is already used
in more than one hundred different smartphone apps.
“With our strategic investment in the high-tech start-up Anagog, we are expanding our expertise
and access to new technology. Artificial intelligence in the field of mobility plays an important role in
this,” said ŠKODA AUTO CEO Bernhard Maier, adding, “Our ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab Israel Ltd is
developing into an important catalyst on our way to becoming the Simply Clever company. Using
the technologies developed by Anagog we are in a position to better understand our customers and
to offer them tailor-made solutions as a result.”
The strategic investment in Anagog is ŠKODA AUTO’s next move in the Israeli start-up scene.
ŠKODA AUTO intends to use the products developed by the successful start-up to rigorously
extend its range of digital mobility services. The technologies developed by Anagog analyse data
from smartphone sensors and use these to create movement patterns. At Anagog, the data are
processed by unique AI software. The technology is currently already used in more than one
hundred different smartphone apps.
ŠKODA AUTO’s strategic partner and importer Champion Motors has contributed to the
investment. The company is a technology investor and, together with ŠKODA AUTO, founded the
joint venture ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab Israel Ltd at the end of 2017.
Anagog CEO Ofer Tziperman said, “We are proud to have the opportunity to work with a partner as
strong as ŠKODA AUTO. Together, we want to develop new digital solutions.”
As one of the three megatrends besides electromobility and autonomous driving, digitalisation will
shape the change of mobility. Tel Aviv is considered one of the most dynamic locations in the world
for IT start-ups, which is why the ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab in Prague and the Israeli ŠKODA importer
Champion Motors have established a joint venture there – ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab Israel Ltd.
ŠKODA AUTO DigiLab Israel Ltd initiated collaboration with ten start-ups as early as the beginning
of 2018; six projects are already in the concrete project development phase. The start-ups
concerned are mainly working on developments in artificial intelligence, big data, cyber security and
vehicle sensor technology.