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Denso Corporation has agreed to establish a joint venture with Aisin, Advics and Jtekt to develop integrated ECU software for automated driving and vehicle dynamics control. The four companies, with their roots in Japan, aim to launch the new firm in March 2019.

Denso is providing 65 pc of the capitalization, with Aisin adding 25 pc and Advics and Jtekt 5 pc each. A joint statement from the firms announces: “The four companies bring unique strengths to this endeavour and will work together to develop and provide software for integrated ECUs which best fit each car maker's needs.”

The ECU will manage critical components including sensors, brakes and steering, and “through this joint company, Denso, Aisin, Advics and Jtekt will focus on expediting the development of more sophisticated software required for larger and more complex integrated ECUs". The firms point out that “greater acceleration in technology development is needed, to support the development of future mobility solutions that will revolutionize how society moves".

Separately, Denso and Aisin have agreed another 50:50 JV to develop electrification driving modules for hybrid, plug-in hybrid, fuel cell and electric vehicles. These will involve a package combining key components such as transaxles, motor generators and inverters, customized for performance, cost and regional requirements, with a focus on the Chinese market. Again, this venture is planned for launch in March 2019.

-Farah Alkhalisi