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Delphi's Autonomous Division Spin-Off Renamed Aptiv

by Justin Tejada
This past May, Delphi Automotive announced that it would spin off its powertrain systems division into its own company, which would become independent and public. The electronics and safety and electronic architectures businesses would also form their own company to focus on connected car technologies and self-driving systems, among other things.

"At a time of unprecedented industry change, the underlying strength of both our operating businesses and strategic partnerships will allow each company to focus even more sharply on its unique opportunities, continue to develop the very best advanced technologies, and help our customers navigate the road ahead," Delphi President and CEO Kevin Clark announced at the time.

Months went by without further news on the split, but an announcement in mid-September signaled that greater specifics were imminent.

The company had secured hundreds of millions of dollars in financing to subsidize the transition.

Then, on September 29, more specific details emerged when the names for the two new entities were revealed. The powertrain systems company will be known as Delphi Technologies, while the remaining software-focused company will go by the name of Aptiv.

"The names Aptiv and Delphi Technologies clearly reflect the independent identities, visions and directions of the two companies, each a global leader in its industry," noted Clark, who will remain CEO of Aptiv when the two companies officially split in March of next year. "Both will continue to embody Delphi's core themes of safe, green, and connected, with the autonomy and expertise to react to the rapidly changing dynamics in the automotive industry and solve its customers' most complex challenges. Customers, employees, partners and shareholders will benefit from the separation into two independent and well-resourced companies with the flexibility to invest and grow even faster and more profitably than today."

With unique and industry-leading work on vehicular autonomy, Delphi has become a fixture in the self-driving car industry.

In May, the company joined the self-driving consortium that features big-name autonomous vehicle players like BMW, Intel and Mobileye. Fiat-Chrysler has since joined the project to design a self-driving platform, as well.

While Aptiv's innovative work on connectivity and autonomy may make its powertrain counterpart seem old fashioned by comparison, it is far from the case. According to Liam Butterworth, who will be the CEO of Delphi Technologies, the company is hard at work on forward-thinking electric vehicle technology.

"The entire Delphi Technologies organization is energized to move forward as a focused company," Butterworth noted in a statement. "We are uniquely positioned with the technical competency and execution capability to deliver advanced vehicle propulsion systems that help our customers meet increasingly stringent regulatory standards while unlocking the power to support the ever-increasing electrical content being added to vehicles."

These goals are both exemplified and realized in Delphi's work to develop backup power systems for the electric vehicles of tomorrow.

As electric vehicular architecture and vehicular autonomy are designed and refined in the coming years, electric and autonomous vehicles will intersect frequently.

So even though Aptiv and Delphi Technologies will be two separate companies going forward, it's very likely they will still have a lot of business to work on together.

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