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Democratize AV Technology!

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  • 20AVEP01_04
Published 2020-01-01 by SAE International in United States
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Aptiv's new generation of open-sourced architectures based on a few central processors aims to speed AV adoption. CTO Glen DeVos explains.

The software-intensive, electrified and increasingly automated vehicle will define the 2020s. Its rise is driving both the industry-wide re-thinking of electrical architectures and the growth of engineering employment behind it. At the forefront of this trend is Aptiv, the technology Tier 1 spun off from Delphi in 2017. It now has more than 19,000 engineers among its 160,000 staff, comprising one of the highest engineer-to-employee ratios among large suppliers.

“We've been adding about 1,500 engineers per year, primarily in software and systems engineering, at our 15 major technical centers,” said CTO Glen DeVos. These resources, he noted, will help Aptiv accelerate its customers' development of new vehicle platforms with greater active-safety capability, including automated-driving functionality.