Automotive supplier Delphi has acquired nuTonomy, the DURCH self-driving startup that was among the first businesses to test an autonomous platform along with public passengers in Singapore a year ago. Â
The acquisition strengthens nuTonomy’s efforts to put its vehicles upon roads around the world and gives Delphi’s self-driving program a boost, as the two businesses will merge into one self-driving advancement team. More than 100 nuTonomy workers will move to double Delphi’s present roster of about 100 workers centered on developing autonomous systems, a number which includes about 70 engineers and researchers.
Delphi will pay $400 mil up front for nuTonomy, with an additional $50 million tabbed for earn-outs. The deal isn’t as large as being a of the others we’ve seen in the particular self-driving space, but with nuTonomy’s background with public testing, it’s nevertheless an important one. Â
NuTonomy can maintain its current Boston HQ, exactly where Delphi is already also testing the autonomous platform. The two companies can combine their efforts there and Singapore, and expand to other Delphi pilots in Pittsburgh, Santa Monica, and Silicon Valley. Delphi states its international test fleet can grow to number 60 autonomous vehicles across three continents following the acquisition. Â
The deal will not affect any of the partnerships either organization has agreed to, meaning nuTonomy’s highly-publicized Boston project with Lyft can proceed as planned, and its forces with ride-hailing company Grab plus Peugeot parent company Groupe PSA in Singapore are still intact. Â
Delphi, meanwhile, has partnered along with Intel, Mobileye, and BMW to make an platform for self-driving vehicles. The company also owns Ottomatika, an identical self-driving startup that spun removed from Carnegie Mellon University before the acquisition in 2015. Â
The acquisition will strengthen nuTonomy’s existence in the areas where it operates initial programs, and gives Delphi a proven brand name that has extensive on-road experience. Delphi will be able to now combine nuTonomy’s system with the system it built depending on Ottomatika’s tech, which the company expectations will bring fully self-driving cars towards the streets even sooner. Â