Why This Acquisition Makes Delphi Automotive a Self-Driving Beast

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Through the deal, nuTonomy will add more than add will more than 100 employees, including 70 engineers and scientists, to Delphi's more than 100-member autonomous driving team.

Developing the commercial side of autonomous driving technology is critical, according to De Vos.

Delphi said it plans to have 60 self-driving test cars on the road in three continents by year-end.

To industry insiders, the deal might be puzzling.

The acquisition of nuTonomy is the latest in a series of investments that Delphi has made to expand its leadership position in the new mobility space, including the acquisition of AD software developer Ottomatika and data service companies Control-Tec and Movimento.

Now, at the Delphi's Tech Office, the Delphi's chief technology officer remarked that this takeover by Delhi would boost up what his company has been doing ever since; to put a self-driving automated auto in the market, even if that means that no single person would actually own that vehicle.

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Prior to the acquisition, nuTonomy had raised a total of $19.6 million from backers like Ford chairman Bill Ford, Samsung Ventures, and Highland Capital Partners. This has led companies to collaborate together to become the first to commercialize autonomous vehicles. The pair are well-known in academic circles for their research in robotics and autonomous vehicles and were part of the MIT team that participated in DARPA's autonomous vehicle research and development program the Urban Challenge in 2007. Its focus has been on applying artificial-intelligence expertise to the development of software for self-driving vehicles. While it's primary aim was to deploy a self-driving taxi fleet service, the startup also worked with major automakers and suppliers to deploy automated driving features in cars.

Startups, automakers, and tech companies have formed a tangled web of alliances to launch self-driving cars in a mass-market setting. However, it became the first to deploy the first public trial of a self-driving vehicle service. Plus, the companies both already have pilots in Singapore and soon Boston.

NuTonomy was never interested in building cars or sensors; it's a pure software play.

Delphi and nuTonomy have been testing automated vehicles in Singapore, where regulators announced plans on Monday to halt growth in its vehicle population to ease traffic congestion.

And the company hasn't had a problem finding willing partners.

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