weeks after announcing its plans to invest more in developing
‘computer-controlled vehicle technology’, KPIT Technologies has announced a
tie-up with ZF, a billionaire German automobile technology provider.
KPIT Tech said it will develop
software for next-generation, automated vehicles with ZF, which is based in
Munich and has 1.5 lakh employees in 42 countries. ZF is a prominent vendor of
products, solutions and parts for next-generation vehicles, including electric
It offers solutions for vehicle
motion control, safety, automated driving and electric mobility. It caters to
both established vehicle manufacturers and emerging ones, and focuses on
electrifying vehicles and coming up with eco-friendly transportation
KPIT has its strength in
designing embedded software for its clients, which also include many automakers
as well as component makers. The collaboration will focus on creating
‘middleware’, software that sits between the core operating system of the
vehicle and the various applications that run on the vehicle.
The two companies will also
bring onboard solutions from other technology players, including semiconductor
specialists, software companies, cloud services and start-ups. Even though the
companies did not clarify the point, it is likely that KPIT’s role may be
limited to helping ZF design the middleware, and the Indian company may not
retain any ownership rights on the middleware so developed.
At the same time, KPIT tech
indicated that it may be looking to deploy the end product for its own clients
as well. ZF, on is part, said it is gearing up for a world in which vehicles
will increasingly be defined by, and derive their cutting-edge features from,
KPIT said it intends to use its expertise in architecture consulting
& software integration and its strengths in cloud based connected services
as well as its existing tools and accelerators to expedite the project.