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Delphi and CMU spinout Ottomatika partner to accelerate automated driving; “connected automation”

Delphi Automotive PLC, which already offers a suite of advanced driver assistance systems, will partner with Ottomatika, Inc., a spinout from Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) led by Dr. Raj Rajkumar which provides advanced automated driving software, jointly to develop technology that will help accelerate automated driving.

Dr. Rajkumar is a professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering at CMU; co-director of the CMU-Penn T-SET (Technologies for Sade and Efficient Transportation) UTC (US DOT University Transportation Center); co-director of the General Motors-Carnegie Mellon Vehicular Information Technology Collaborative Research Lab; and led the development of the CMU advanced Autonomous Cadillac SRX. (Earlier post.)

Delphi, the company that first introduced automotive radar systems, will integrate its active safety technologies with Ottomatika’s automated driving software. The combination of the two creates a technology platform that enables a vehicle to make human-like decisions when driving in the city or on the highway.

The platform is flexible and can be expanded and upgraded as the software is updated. It will also support vehicle-to-environment (V2X) communications. The result, suggests Dr. Rajkumar in the video clip below, will be “connected automation”.

Using their individual strengths, Delphi and Ottomatika have developed a vehicle platform that can instantaneously make complex decisions, such as stopping and proceeding at a four-way stop, timing a highway merge or calculating the safest maneuver around a bicyclist on a city street.

Use case: Intersections. Click to enlarge.

Delphi is supporting the collaboration by making an investment in Ottomatika. (According to a new SEC filing, Ottomatika has raised $2,256,477 via a subordinated convertible promissory note.) Together, the two companies will design a short- and long-term roadmap of steadily increasing vehicle automation in the coming years.

Dealing with highly complex real-world decisions is a limitation for much of the current technology in the market. This partnership with Ottomatika will represent a significant step forward in making automated driving a reality. Your car just got a lot smarter.

—Jeff Owens, Delphi’s chief technology officer

Ottomatika leverages ground-breaking expertise and long-term experience in vehicle automation. Delphi and Ottomatika working together have the potential to solve the automated driving challenge, which makes roads safer for everyone.

—Raj Rajkumar



Autonomous driving, improved voice commands, automated data inter-unit and cloud transfers, multi-language automated audio translation, 3D video projection, 3D multi-layer printing etc are a few of the near future technologies to come to the market place.

Automated driving for city e-buses of various sizes will be a smart way to get rid of rude unionized accident prone drivers.

Automated drive systems for private e-cars will increase safety, reduce accidents, fatalities, property damages and insurance cost. It may very well become an essential compulsory option like safety seat belts and air bags after 2020 or so..

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