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Delphi Automotive buys self-driving vehicles company Ottomatika

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Staff writer ▼ | August 5, 2015
Ottomatika, a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff company that provides software and systems development for self-driving vehicles, has been acquired by the global vehicle technology company Delphi Automotive.
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Acquisition   Ottomatika is a Carnegie Mellon University spinoff
Beginning in 1984, the university ran the NavLab project, which yielded 11 generations of semi- and fully autonomous vehicles. Another research wave, from 2004 to 2007, focused on the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenges.

Carnegie Mellon won the 2007 DARPA Urban Challenge with Boss, a Chevy Tahoe that traveled a 55-mile course autonomously. The university's latest self-driving car, led by Rajkumar, is a 2011 Cadillac SRX that takes ramps, merges onto highways and cruises at 70 mph by itself.

Led by Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Raj Rajkumar, Ottomatika spun off from Carnegie Mellon in 2013 and received an investment from Delphi in November 2014.

The Ottomatika deal highlights Carnegie Mellon's advanced expertise in complex autonomous vehicle systems and in creating exciting companies and technologies that are highly sought after by industry.

The university's faculty and staff have attracted major technology companies, including Google and Apple, and valuable engineering talent to the region. The university has spun out 138 companies since 2009.

Ottomatika's software acts as the brain powering Delphi's advanced network of sensor technology for autonomous vehicles. Together, they create a platform that enables vehicles to make safe, highly complex decisions in an instant.

The Delphi Drive system, powered with software from Ottomatika, was recognized at the Consumer Electronics Show among Mashable's Best of CES 2015. In addition, the combined software from Delphi and Ottomatika enabled the longest drive by an automated vehicle in North America in April 2015.

The Delphi vehicle completed a 3,400-mile trip from San Francisco to New York in autonomous mode 99 percent of the time. During the nine-day trip, the vehicle navigated through construction zones and met a variety of traffic and weather conditions.

Carnegie Mellon has been at the forefront of autonomous vehicle research and development for more than 30 years. The university has filed more than 140 invention disclosures for related technologies and has created 14 generations of self-driving vehicles.


 

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