Delphi acquires software provider to enhance its automated driving program
Delphi Automotive PLC announced the acquisition of Movimento, a Michigan-based provider of Over-the-Air (OTA) software lifecycle and data management for the automotive sector. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Movimento’s advanced technology platform is designed to allow manufacturers to quickly and efficiently upgrade or fix software at all stages of a vehicle’s lifecycle. Its OTA capabilities provide end-consumers the ease and convenience of software updates, allowing new features and functionality to be added to their vehicles instantaneously, all the while reducing warranty and service costs for the vehicle manufacturer, the company said in a press release.
With the more than US$ 100 million acquisition in August of Allen Park-based Control-Tec LLC, a provider of telematics and analytics software provider, Delphi will combine its hardware systems with Control-Tec’s analytics and use Movimento’s over-the-air updates to create a connected vehicle system for maintenance, mobility and performance data services, the Troy-based auto supplier said.
“(Over-the-air) capabilities are required for next-generation active safety, automated driving and automated mobility on demand,” Kevin Clark, president and CEO of Delphi, said in the release.
Movimento customers include General Motors Co., FCA US LLC, Robert Bosch LLC, Denso International America Inc., Continental Automotive, Magna International, Visteon Corp. and others. It has operations in Sunnyvale, Calif., Mexico, Germany, Sweden and China.
“The acquisition of Movimento strengthens Delphi’s position as a leading end-to-end systems and software provider to the industry as vehicle connectivity becomes increasingly ubiquitous,” said Kevin Clark, president and CEO, Delphi Automotive. “Movimento’s OTA capability aligns perfectly with our Control-Tec acquisition last year, allowing Delphi to leverage big data to offer comprehensive product enhancements and service cost savings to our customers.”
Based in Plymouth Township, Movimento supports customer operations globally and has its OTA and cloud technology development in Silicon Valley. It brings scalable vehicle software, engine control unit (ECU) programming, and OTA firmware and feature updates, all with advanced automotive cyber security validation functions to ensure a safe and secure software environment at all times. Movimento’s technology allows for a single gateway client to update a vehicle’s firmware, software and feature sets across multiple domains, including infotainment, advanced safety and automated driving and engine controls, allowing for simplified software design.