TomTom Acquires Autonomous Driving Startup
TomTom, a leading provider of navigation and mapping products, has announced that it has acquired an autonomous driving startup company based in Berlin called Autonomos.
Founded in 2012, Autonomos has created its own self-driving software, and the company has also aided automated vehicle assistance systems with its own Research & Development consultancy services.
“We are proud to have been selected by the world leader in map making for bringing autonomous driving together to the next level,” says Autonomos CEO and co-founder Tinosch Ganjineh in a TomTom press release.
“TomTom's technology combined with our intelligent driving know-how are a perfect match to make the dream of self-driving cars become a reality.”
Before launching Autonomos, the company’s founders had several years’ worth of experience working at the Free University of Berlin on research projects surrounding autonomous driving.
Now that it has been acquired by TomTom, Autonomos will provide in house assistance to TomTom on some of its products including its HD map, RoadDNA localization technology, and navigation, traffic and other cloud services.
“This is an important development for TomTom as it will help us to continue to strengthen our capabilities for the future of driving and expand our knowledge and expertise,” says TomTom CEO and co-founder Harold Goddijn.
“With this deal we are further positioning ourselves as one of the leaders in autonomous driving.”