Hyundai Motor Group, Aptiv to create $4 billion self-driving JV

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SEOUL — South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Group and auto technology supplier Aptiv said on Monday they are creating a 50-50 autonomous driving joint venture valued at $4 billion.

This marks the biggest bet made by Hyundai Motor Group, which is widely seen as a latecomer to the field of future mobility technology.

Hyundai Motor Group companies Hyundai Motor, Kia Motors and Hyundai Mobis will collectively contribute $1.6 billion in cash and $0.4 billion in vehicle engineering services, r&d resources and access to intellectual property, the two partners said in a joint statement.

Aptiv will contribute its autonomous driving technology, intellectual property, and about 700 employees focused on the development of scalable autonomous driving solutions.

The joint venture will begin testing fully driverless systems in 2020 and have a production-ready autonomous driving platform available for AV taxi providers, fleet operators and automakers in 2022.

Aptiv, which spun off from Delphi Technologies in 2018 and is headquartered in Ireland for tax purposes, ranks No. 20 on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers with worldwide sales to automakers of $12.87 billion in 2018.

The new joint venture will be led by Karl Iagnemma, president of Aptiv Autonomous Mobility and headquartered in Boston, with technology centers across the U.S. and Asia, including Korea. 

The transaction is subject to regulatory approval and is expected to close early in the second quarter of 2020.

Automotive News contributed to this report.

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