FEV acquires electronics engineering firm DGE Inc. to enhance electronics capabilities; infotainment to ITS
FEV GmbH (Germany) and FEV, Inc. of Auburn Hills, Mich. have completed the acquisition of DGE Inc. (DGE), an electronics engineering firm located in Rochester Hills, Mich. FEV calls the acquisition a strategic move to enhance its current electrical / electronics and vehicle systems expertise, and to broaden its reach into the area of telematics and infotainment systems.
The mechanical and electronic functions of the automobile have become inseparable. There is virtually no vehicular system that is untouched by electronics and computer control. As a vehicle systems developer, FEV has been in the forefront of this technology, and with the acquisition of DGE Inc., we will extend that capability to software development, validation, as well as unique test systems. It allows the company to now influence systems that touch the end user.—Gary Rogers, president and CEO of FEV, Inc.
DGE will become a subsidiary of FEV, Inc., the US operation of the FEV Group, headquartered in Aachen, Germany. As private companies, terms of the acquisition are not being disclosed. DGE will remain at its current location in Rochester Hills.
Founded in 1984, DGE specializes in creating products that help vehicle electronic systems communicate. Its wide range of products includes gateways and associated hardware, and communications drivers including Bluetooth and other wireless protocols. Its capabilities also include the design of network architecture, including validation testing for components that must stand up to the rigors of daily use in vehicles.
DGE develops applications for intelligent vehicles that can communicate beyond in-vehicle systems, including infotainment systems that connect with external devices such as iPods and smart phones. One application is under development for interface with smart traffic intersections as part of the Intelligent Transportation System.