Sonatus opens software defined vehicle R&D centre in Ireland

Sonatus opens software defined vehicle R&D centre in Ireland

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By Nick Flaherty

Automotive software developer Sonatus has opened an R&D and engineering centre in Dublin, Ireland.

The Sonatus Vehicle Platform is in mass production in over 1 million vehicles from Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis today. The company, based in California, has raised  over $110m from investors including Foxconn, Hyundai Motor Group’s Kia, LG Electronics, Marvell and NEC as well as SAIC Capital and UMC Capital.

“Software technology in vehicles is accelerating and Sonatus is at the forefront of working with vehicle manufacturers and their suppliers to enable the future capabilities consumers will demand,” said Jeff Chou, co-founder and CEO. “We are investing in developing an R&D and engineering center in Ireland to ensure we can respond effectively to the needs of our customers globally.”

The company has hired a local management team responsible for the new centre, with Marc Synnot recruited from TikTok as General Manager of the Ireland office and overseeing business operations. Business and technical staff in the Dublin centre span a range of disciplines and will work closely with other company design centres around the world.

“The opportunities for software-defined vehicles are expanding significantly, but can be technically complicated, requiring close collaboration between automotive manufacturers and technology leaders like Sonatus,” said Synnott. “This new R&D and engineering center gives Sonatus access to Ireland’s highly skilled and qualified pool of engineering and technical talent, and brings Sonatus closer to more customers as we continue to expand our business across Europe and the rest of the world.”

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