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Delphi Buys Autonomous Tech Developer NuTonomy for $450M

New acquisition will run independently of Delphi.

by on Oct.24, 2017

Glen De Vos, Delphi Automotive's CTO, laid out the plans going forward with the company's new acquisition: nuTonomy.

Delphi Automotive is spending as much as $450 million to expand its autonomous driving technology capabilities by acquiring Boston-based nuTonomy.

The deal, which has been quietly put together during the past two months, calls for Delphi to pay $400 million now with the nuTonomy team able to earn an additional $50 million in incentives. It also doubles the number of people working on automated driving technology, according to Glen De Vos, Delphi’s chief technology officer.

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However, the plans call for nuTonomy to remain in Boston and to operate as an independent company instead of merging with Delphi’s Ottomatika autonomous vehicle software group. De Vos said it was important that the two groups continue on separate paths, and share best practices and innovations where “it makes sense.” (more…)

Delphi Spins Off Powertrain Operations, Adopts New Name

As Aptiv, mega-Supplier to focus on autonomous driving, other high-tech businesses.

by on Sep.27, 2017

Delphi is spinning off its powertrain operations so it can focus on its new main business, autonomous-vehicle tech and other electronics.

What began as a collection of largely unprofitable General Motors component operations has grown into a profitable, nearly $17 billion mega-supplier, but faced with the major changes sweeping through the auto industry, Delphi Automotive PLC is cleaving its business in two.

The supplier is spinning off its powertrain operations, which will adopt the name Delphi Technologies. The main portion of the company will now focus on electrical and electronic technologies, such as autonomous driving, and adopt the name Aptiv PLC.

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“Being a one-stop shop is a thing of the past,” explained Glen de Vos, the chief technology officer at Delphi Automotive, who will remain with Aptiv. “We need to be narrower and deeper.” (more…)

Delphi, BlackBerry Partner on Self-Driving Car Tech

Once-time GM parts subsidiary hopes to have driverless tech in production by 2021.

by on Sep.20, 2017

Delphi has already teamed with BMW, Mobileye and Intel to develop an autonomous prototype.

Detroit-based mega-supplier Delphi is teaming up with BlackBerry Ltd., the Canadian company best known for its once-ubiquitous smartphones, to develop the underlying software needed to put autonomous and driverless vehicles on the road.

Once the auto parts unit of General Motors, Delphi has been rapidly shifting away from traditional, mechanical parts to focus on high-tech automotive systems. It already has developed a self-driving system called CSLP that could put it in direct competition with the likes of Google spinoff Waymo.

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But at a briefing at its suburban Detroit headquarters Wednesday, Glen De Vos, Delphi’s Chief Technical Officer said that the “incredibly complex” technology needed for tomorrow’s cars makes it difficult “to do this alone. We need partners.” (more…)

Delphi Inks Partnership Deal with Israeli Tech Start-Up

Auto supplier will use Innoviz lidar in its autonomous vehicle package.

by on Aug.21, 2017

Delphi's a leader in autonomous vehicle technology, and just inked a deal with Innoviz, an Israeli technology firm, for lidar development.

Delphi Automotive has signed a commercial partnership agreement with Innoviz Technologies, an Israeli technology firm developing Lidar systems for autonomous vehicles.

In addition to the agreement, Delphi has taken a minority stake in Innoviz, although the size of that ownership share was not revealed.

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Innoviz’s proprietary Lidar sensing solutions, one of the key building blocks needed for self-driving vehicles, will be integrated into Delphi’s systems to provide makers of autonomous cars and trucks with a comprehensive portfolio of autonomous driving technologies.  (more…)

Delphi, Trasdev Plan to Launch Driverless “Mobility On-Demand Service”

Pilot programs to begin late this year in Paris and Normandy.

by on Jun.07, 2017

Delphi's a leader in autonomous vehicle technology, but now looks to partner with Transdev to be THE leader.

They may not be household names like Google, General Motors or Tesla, but automotive supplier Delphi and mobility technology firm Transdev are joining forces in a project that could position them at the head of the line in efforts to bring autonomous driving systems to the real world.

The two companies announced Wednesday that they are teaming up to start testing a driverless “mobility-on-demand” service in two parts of France beginning late this year. If the pilot programs in Paris and Normandy prove successful, the partners plan to launch commercial service by 2019.

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“We believe that autonomy will bring a lot of social benefits,” said Yann Leriche, chief performance officer of Transdev, during a conference call with reporters. “Our mission is to leverage those benefits to provide attractive shared transportation options to our clients. The asset can be shared, for example on-demand cars, or the ride can be shared, for example, buses.” (more…)

Delphi Partners With BMW, Intel and Mobileye on Autonomous Tech

Supplier may also provide additional support.

by on May.16, 2017

Delphi is teaming with BMW, Mobileye and Intel to develop an autonomous driving system for 2021.

Unlike the old axiom, apparently three isn’t a crowd as Delphi Automotive announced it will join forces with Intel Corp. and Mobileye to help created the platform for BMW’s autonomous vehicle systems in the future.

The deal, which isn’t exclusive, puts Delphi into the role of integrator. It will merge all of BMW, Intel and Mobileye’s automated driving solutions into automaker vehicle architectures. Delphi may also provide software and hardware such as sensors and provide help in other areas as needed.

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BMW, Intel and Mobileye announced last year that they would jointly develop a fully automated driving system for production by 2021. The three companies have developed an architecture that could be used by other automakers and mobility companies. (more…)

Delphi Spinning Off “Old Business” for EV, Autonomous Future

Supplier spinning off internal combustion portion of business.

by on May.04, 2017

Delphi is demonstrated the capability of its automated driving system by driving an Audi Q5 from San Francisco to New York City a while back.

Delphi Automotive, one of the automotive industry’s largest and most diversified parts suppliers, said it is preparing to spin off operations tied to internal combustion engines and focus on technology for electrically powered and self-driving vehicles.

“There’s a whole element of the componentry of the car that Wall Street values at a lower level,” Delphi Chief Executive Officer Kevin Clark told Reuters.

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The electronic Delphi – the part that remains – will compete in a potential market the supplier believes exceeds more than $100 billion annually. That twice as big as the current internal combustion segment, explaining the appeal of the “electronic” market. Delphi said its electronic systems units had about $12 billion in revenue last year. (more…)

Delphi Looking to Get Intel Inside its Autonomous Tech

Tech giant supplying computer chips for self-driving system.

by on Nov.30, 2016

Delphi plans to show off its new CSLP system featuring new Intel computer chips at the upcoming CES in January in Las Vegas.

Pretty soon your car may be “intel inside” as Delphi and Mobileye N.V. are partnering with Intel to use the company’s computer chips for its in-development autonomous vehicle system.

The new system, which is called Centralized Sensing Location and Planning, is expected to be available by 2019, according to Delphi officials. Intel is slated to deliver the chips late next year. Able to handle processing more than 12 trillion operations a second, they are the final piece to autonomous puzzle.

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“We think they will be a great supplier for us,” Glen DeVos, vice president of Delphi’s services business unit told Automotive News. “For us, it’s a big step forward. It will allow us to accelerate development.” (more…)

Delphi Launching Autonomous Fleet Test in Singapore

Project will supplement nation-state’s transit system.

by on Aug.01, 2016

The first of the Delphi autonomous prototypes will be a modified Audi SQ5.

Automotive mega-supplier Delphi is partnering up with the nation-state of Singapore to launch an ambitious autonomous vehicle test program meant to supplement the existing mass transit system.

The goal of the on-demand system is to make six battery-electric, self-driving cars available for rides on demand along three fixed routes to ferry people between their homes, offices and conventional mass transit stations. Backup “safety drivers” will remain behind the wheel initially, but by 2019 Delphi hopes to eliminate drivers – as well as back-up vehicles controls.

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The project “allows us to demonstrate we have the complete ecosystem of knowledge and capability in the vehicle,” explained Glen DeVos, vice president of the service business unit at Delphi, the one-time General Motors partsmaking unit now based in the U.K.


Delphi Readies for Next Step in Autonomous Vehicle Development

Supplier bringing latest advancements to CES 2016

by on Dec.14, 2015

Delphi is revealing updates to its autonomous vehicle at CES that allow drivers to control cabin temps or radio stations with eye movements or hand gestures.

It’s not enough for a car or crossover to drive itself anymore apparently as Delphi Automotive is working on the next step in autonomous vehicles that can be controlled at the bat of an eyelash.

Well, it’s not quite that simple, but Delphi is bringing its self-driving vehicle to CES 2016, the show formerly known as the Consumer Electronics Show, in Las Vegas next month and it’ll be chock full of new abilities.

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The new functionality permits drivers to change the temperature inside the car as well as the radio stations with eye movements and hand gestures. In terms of what the “driver” sees, that person can create a customized three-dimensional instrument panel layout that can look like a 2016 Chevy Corvette or a ’60s era Ford Mustang. (more…)