The agreement has the effect of deepening the existing partnership between the two companies in the automotive industry. By combining the NI software-defined platform and I/O capabilities with ETAS’ expertise in developing and integrating HiL solutions, the partnership will deliver new test offerings to meet customer needs in the rapidly evolving automotive sector driven by electrification and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
“By establishing this joint venture, ETAS expects to extend the application of HiL systems to new areas such as automated driving,” said Friedhelm Pickhard, the Chairman of the Board of Management of ETAS GmbH. The development of vehicles is continuing to become more complex through increased levels of automation via driver assistance systems. As a result, automotive suppliers and automakers demand for increased efficiency in software development. According to ETAS general manager Friedhelm Pickard, the JV will extend the HiL testing experience of both parent companies to the set of technologies associated to automated driving. “NI has a leading platform for automated test and consistent focus on innovation. Building on their platform will enable the joint venture to deliver new HiL solutions and progress with regard to the early validation of automotive electronics software”, he explained.
Each company will own 50 percent of the joint venture, which will be headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. The completion of the transaction is subject to customary conditions including regulatory and antitrust clearances and is expected to close in June 2019.