Cognizant acquires ESG Mobility to expand AV expertise

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Cognizant has acquired Munich, Germany-based ESG Mobility, a digital automotive engineering R&D provider for connected, autonomous and electric vehicles. ESG Mobility is a wholly owned subsidiary of ESG Elektroniksystem und Logistik GmbH, a privately held technology consultancy for the design, integration and operation of complex, security-related electronic and IT systems.

The acquisition expands Cognizant’s automotive engineering expertise, particularly in connected vehicles. The global connected car market was valued at approximately US$63bn in 2019 and is projected to reach more than US$225bn by 2027, according to Allied Market Research. Among the growth drivers is the European Commission’s Third Mobility Package, which requires the development of safe, clean, connected cars and autonomous and electric vehicles, as well as all new vehicles to be connected to the internet by 2022.

Upon the close of the acquisition, Cognizant and ESG Mobility will provide engineering services to eight of the world’s top 10 automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEM). Approximately 1,000 engineering R&D specialists from automotive innovation hubs in Germany, the US and China will join Cognizant as a result of the deal.

ESG Mobility provides services across the automotive software stack, with key strengths in electrical and electronic systems and connected vehicle applications, as well as emerging capabilities for autonomous and electric vehicles.

“The automotive industry is undergoing a fundamental shift, embracing new mobility concepts that rely heavily on software, connectivity and artificial intelligence,” said Malcolm Frank, president of digital business and technology, Cognizant. “Our priority is providing clients with the capabilities they need to compete as modern digital businesses, and ESG Mobility is a natural complement to our existing connected mobility offerings and global delivery model. This acquisition will empower our clients to innovate more quickly in shaping the future of transportation. We look forward to welcoming ESG Mobility’s talented team to Cognizant.”

“We have built a world-class team of engineering R&D and technology consultants who deeply understand our automotive clients in Germany and around the world,” added Jörg Ohlsen, CEO, ESG Mobility. “By joining Cognizant, we can provide a higher quality of service, build more innovative products and support a broader range of digital initiatives for our current and future customers. We look forward to using our vast automotive industry experience to create a more connected, mobile world.”

The transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of 2021, subject to the completion of closing conditions. Upon completion, ESG Mobility employees will become part of Cognizant’s Internet of Things (IoT) and Engineering Services Practice.

The ESG Mobility transaction is Cognizant’s fourth acquisition in 2021, and its 13th since January 2020, further expanding its capabilities in key digital focus areas of cloud, data and artificial intelligence, digital engineering and IoT.

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