Delphi Automotive announced investments and partnerships
Car parts supplier and integrator Delphi Automotive announced investments and partnerships in three privately held companies to help carmakers profit from the increasing amount of data produced by the growing number of vehicles connected to the internet. As cars are equipped with new capabilities, from staying in lanes to driving themselves, they are using and producing vast amounts of information, including where they drive. Delphi said automakers need a single strategy for handling the data as cars become more complex.
Delphi’s chief technology officer, Glen DeVos, told reporters in a briefing that Delphi wanted to partner with data-related companies in three key areas: inside the car itself; as data moves from the car to the cloud, and organising that data in the cloud so it can be used to generate revenue. Delphi said it took minority investments in Israeli companies Otonomo, a connected car services company, and Valens, a chip maker. It also entered into a strategic partnership with Germany’s Rosenberger, which makes ethernet connectors.
Delphi said Valens’ technology would help deal with the increased bandwidth and wiring required for cars with infotainment, such as navigation systems and entertainment, and advanced driver assistance systems like collision avoidance and adaptive cruise control. The Rosenberger partnership will help in transferring greater amounts of data at faster rates, Delphi said, given the company’s expertise in automotive radio frequency connection systems.