Volkswagen acquires vision software capabilities

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Volkswagen’s recently formed Car.Software organization, the group’s in-house software development department, has acquired the front camera software business area of Hella Aglaia Mobile Vision, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hella, including the associated testing and validation departments. VW says it intends to expand its competence in the field of image processing to aid the development of automated driving functions for all of its brands.

“By acquiring the camera software business area of Hella together with the relevant image processing know-how, we are continuing our strategy of developing key software components in-house in the future. This way, we will boost the development of competence in the field of computer vision within the Car.Software Org and strengthen our position for the development of safe and innovative driving functions,” said Dirk Hilgenberg, CEO of Car.Software Org.

“Our departure from the front camera software business is based on strict portfolio management. We are therefore pleased to have found a partner in Volkswagen to continue the strategic development of these activities,” explained Dr Rolf Breidenbach, CEO of Hella. “Irrespective of this development, we will continue to invest consistently in future-oriented automotive areas such as e-mobility, automated driving, software and digitalisation.”

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