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Aptiv’s nuTonomy is conducting an automated driving test in Boston (Photo: nuTonomy)

Aptiv has opened a new technology center in Boston, Massachusetts, that will focus on the development and commercialization of new mobility systems.

The US automotive supplier, which was formally spun off from Delphi last week, said the Boston facility expands its US engineering footprint and aids its ambition to be a leader in automated driving technologies.

Aptiv said it selected Boston for the city’s technically proficient work force, its university ecosystem and the local government’s pro-technology stance. The company hopes to launch pilot programs in the Boston area to address congestion problems and improve the transportation infrastructure.

“Aptiv intends to apply its mobility solutions to assist the city of Boston with all of its smart city activities,” aid Aptiv CTO Glen De Vos. He cited in particular, the city’s ‘Go Boston 2030’ initiative, which hopes to leverage automated mobility in its efforts to create a more efficient

nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle software start-up recently acquired by Aptiv, has already been running an  automated driving pilot program in Boston’s heavily congested Seaport district.