HERE to acquire ATS for secure connected and autonomous car software updates

Digital mapping platform company HERE Technologies plans to acquire ATS Advanced Telematic Systems, a software company developing highly secure over-the-air (OTA) software updating technology for connected and autonomous cars.

OTA technology is seen as crucial for leveraging the full potential of connected and autonomous vehicles. With autonomous driving, for example, cars will rely on continuously updated HD maps to provide an almost real-time picture of their environment.

Germany-based ATS provides open source and open standards-based OTA technology that allows carmakers and the wider industry to deliver data, software and firmware to vehicles in a secure and cost-effective manner.

“Data and software delivery is a defining factor for future success within the automotive industry as vehicles are becoming more connected and autonomous,” said Ralf Herrtwich, SVP Automotive of HERE Technologies.

Armin G. Schmidt, CEO of ATS, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for ATS as we will be able to combine HERE’s deep customer relationships with OEMs and our global client and partner network to deliver new commercial solutions and enhance the existing functionality of HERE products and services. We now look forward to joining a business with an inspirational vision to shape the autonomous world.”

The transaction is expected to be finalised in the first quarter of 2018. The terms of the agreement are being kept confidential.