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Visteon Corporation has held an inauguration ceremony for a new 6,500 sq-m facility in Karlsruhe, Germany, its lead technology hub for Europe. This technology centre will host advanced development of vehicle cockpit electronics, and will lead the development of the Visteon DriveCore autonomous driving platform [under testing, pictured].

The new facility will house 500 employees from product development, technology, engineering and customer teams, and builds on Visteon’s existing activities in the Karlsruhe area. These include strong relationships with regional technical institutions and universities, such as the ongoing KIP project with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, which is creating a database for ‘training’ AI systems in vehicles; and the testing of autonomous driving functions at the test area operated by the Karlsruhe Traffic Association.

Besides autonomous driving technologies, Visteon is currently developing digital instrument clusters, information displays and cockpit domain controllers for customers including Daimler, BMW, Porsche and the Volkswagen Group.

Sachin Lawande, president and CEO, said at the tech centre’s inauguration: “As the lead development hub for Europe, Karlsruhe works closely with the region’s technical centers in Bulgaria, Romania, France and the UK to deliver disruptive technology such as the industry-first cockpit domain controller –SmartCore – which launched on the Mercedes Benz A-Class and Actros truck earlier this year. We have high expectations for the scalable DriveCore platform to be the next major milestone for this centre.”

Harman sets up software office in Poland

Harman International has opened a new office in Łódź, Poland, to focus on connected technologies for the automotive, consumer and enterprise sectors. This will house over 350 engineers developing automotive products, including car audio platforms, the Ignite cloud platform for connected services, over-the-air (OTA) software management and mapping services; recruitment is ongoing.

Like Visteon, it is also keen to leverage local talent from nearby academic institutions, and it has signed collaboration agreements with both the University of Łódź (Faculty of Physics and Applied Informations) and Łódź University of Technology (Faculty of Electrical, Electronic, Computer and Control Engineering). Joint research projects are planned, as well as the advancement of education in software engineering for embedded systems, and the hiring of students as interns and permanent employees.

Sanjay Dhawan, president of connected services and Harman CTO, said in a statement: “As we seek to further our culture of innovation within Harman and key growth sectors, we are proud to be expanding our operations in an engineering hotbed like Poland. Harman has been growing quickly in Poland, tripling its number of employees within the past two years, and we expect this new environment, along with the support of top academia, to support further strategic initiatives in the future.”

Visteon’s global CIO will be a headline speaker at the upcoming automotiveIT International Supply Chain Conference