Samsung announced it has formed a $300 million Samsung Automotive Innovation Fund to focus on the automotive sector. The fund launch follows its $8 billion acquisition of audio and auto parts supplier Harman earlier this year. The Samsung fund will invest in such connected car segments as sensors, machine vision, artificial intelligence, high-performance computing, cloud services, mobile connectivity, automotive-grade safety and security. The first investment is TTTech, a Vienna, Austrian-based provider of networked safety controls for the automotive industry.FUNDRAISERS: Don't miss PartnerConnect East 2018 on March 19-21 in Boston, with more than 150 speakers, 200 LPs and 300 fund managers, bankers and lenders. CLICK FOR DETAILS!