Stellantis acquires AI startup aiMotive

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By Christoph Hammerschmidt

With the acquisition of the Hungarian software company aiMotive, Stellantis intends to improve its technology position in the field of artificial intelligence and autonomous driving and thus drive forward the medium-term development of the new STLA AutoDrive platform. aiMotive is to operate in future as a subsidiary of Stellantis and, according to the car company’s ideas, will continue to work with the spirit of a start-up. Founder László Kishonti will remain CEO of aiMotive and as such can continue to pursue its developments.

 “Acquiring the world-class technologies in artificial intelligence and autonomous driving is an important contribution to becoming a sustainable mobility tech company,” emphasised Yves Bonnefont, Chief Software Officer of Stellantis. “The industry-leading expertise and start-up spirit of aiMotive will provide a critical boost to our journey towards achieving the goals of our ‘Dare Forward 2030’ strategic plan.”

aiMotive’s technology product portfolio focuses on four key areas in artificial intelligence and autonomous driving:

  • – aiDrive: embedded software stack for autonomous driving.
  • – aiData: Processes with artificial intelligence and data tooling
  • – aiWare: Know-how and intellectual property for silicon microchips
  • – aiSim: software simulation for autonomous driving development

Stellantis’ software teams are already developing the three new technology platforms (STLA Brain, STLA SmartCockpit, STLA AutoDrive) that will be used on a large scale in the four new STLA vehicle platforms (STLA Small, STLA Medium, STLA Large, STLA Frame) from 2024. The software strategy, announced during Stellantis’ Software Day in November 2021, is expected to generate an additional annual revenue of approximately €20 billion by the end of the decade as part of the “Dare Forward” 2030 strategic plan. This target is supported by investments of 30 billion euros in electrification and software.

aiMotive is based in Budapest, Hungary, with offices in Germany, the United States and Japan. The team consists of more than 200 highly skilled employees worldwide, including engineers with high expertise in artificial intelligence and autonomous driving. The company will continue to sell three elements of its current technology product portfolio, including aiData, aiSim and aiWare, to other partners.

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