Stellantis has completed the acquisition of aiMotive, one of the world’s largest independent automotive technology powerhouses working on level-agnostic automated driving solutions.
The announcement came a month after the initial news about the Hungarian company’s accession. Stellantis Chief Software Officer Yves Bonnefont said that the purchase of aiMotive will accelerate Stellantis’ journey to become a sustainable mobility technology company and realize the goals of its Dare Forward 2030 strategy.
“Thanks to aiMotive’s world-class expertise, we will leverage our core artificial intelligence and autonomous driving technologies, broaden our global talent pool, and drive the mid-term development of our new STLA AutoDrive platform,” added Bonnefont.
With this acquisition, aiMotive will maintain its operational independence and will operate as a subsidiary of Stellantis. László Kishonti, founder of aiMotive, will remain its CEO.
“In 2015, I founded a company that will develop technology to shape the future of mobility for everyone,” said Kishanti. “I’m delighted that seven years later we can contribute to Stellantis’ ambitions and work together to make millions of customers’ cars better, safer and smarter.”
Nonetheless, Stellantis is ready to form a Board of Directors to oversee aiMotive, preserving its startup mindset of rapid innovation and autonomy in developing artificial intelligence and autonomous driving software.
There are three products under the aiMotive portfolio: aiData, aiWare, and aiSim. These technology solutions will continue to be operated by the company and delivered to third-party customers. The fourth product will join the aiMotive portfolio. It’s called aiDrive – integrated software for autonomous driving.
aiMotive’s innovations will be incorporated into the three Stellantis technology platforms currently under development: STLA Brain, STLA SmartCockpit and STLA AutoDrive. This will be implemented in 2024 in new vehicle architectures (Small, Medium, Large and Frame STLAs) which will greatly influence Stellantis’ digitalization strategy.
Earlier this year, Stellantis announced its Dare Forward 2030 goal. The plan is for 100 percent of vehicle sales in Europe to be battery electric by 2030. In the United States, the target is 50 percent.
Stellantis has set a goal of becoming net zero carbon by 2038, with a benchmark of 50 percent set for 2030.