This acquisition enhances Stellantis’ artificial intelligence and autonomous driving core technology, expands its global talent pool, and boosts the mid-term development of the all-new STLA AutoDrive platform, the European automaker said.
“Acquiring aiMotive’s world-class artificial intelligence and autonomous driving technology is an important contribution to becoming a sustainable mobility tech company,” said Yves Bonnefont, Stellantis Chief Software Officer. “aiMotive’s class-leading expertise and startup spirit will accelerate our journey to deliver our Dare Forward 2030 goals.”
Following the acquisition, aiMotive will operate as a subsidiary of Stellantis and founder László Kishonti will continue to drive the company as aiMotive CEO.
AiMotive’s technology product portfolio is focused on four key areas within artificial intelligence and autonomous driving: aiDrive, aiData, aiWare, and aiSim.
AiDrive is embedded software stack for autonomous driving, aiData is artificial intelligence operations and data tooling, aiWare is expertise and intellectual property for silicon microchips, and aiSim is a software simulation for development of autonomous driving.
Stellantis’ software teams are already developing the three all-new technology platforms (STLA Brain, STLA SmartCockpit, STLA AutoDrive) that will be deployed at scale across the four all-new STLA vehicle platforms (STLA Small, STLA Medium, STLA Large, STLA Frame), starting in 2024, the company said.
The software strategy, as announced during Stellantis’ Software Day in December 2021, is expected to generate approximately €20 billion in incremental annual revenues by the end of the decade. This will be part of the Dare Forward 2030 strategic plan’s bold objectives, backed by more than a €30 billion investment in electrification and software, the company said.
AiMotive is based in Budapest, Hungary, with offices in Germany, the United States and Japan, with over 200 highly skilled employees worldwide, including engineers with advanced artificial intelligence and autonomous driving expertise. It will continue selling three areas of its current technology product portfolio, including aiData, aiSim and aiWare, to other partners, the company said.