Aisin Seiki, Advics, JTEKT and Denso are to establish a joint venture to develop integrated ECU software for automated driving and vehicle dynamics control.

The company will be capitalised with the participation ratio of Denso, 65%, Aisin 25%, Advics, 5% and JTEKT, 5%.

“The automotive industry is in an era of profound transformation, particularly in technologies for electrification, automated driving and connected driving,” noted a statement from the venture.

“In the field of automated driving and vehicle dynamics control, greater acceleration in technology development is needed to support the development of future mobility solutions that will revolutionise how society moves.”

The integrated ECU manages components, such as sensors, brakes, and steering, critical for automated driving. Through the joint company, Denso, Aisin, Advics and JTEKT will focus on speeding up the development of more sophisticated software required for larger and more complex integrated ECUs. The four companies will work together to develop and provide software for integrated ECUs.

Details are still being discussed and the plan is for the new company to launch in March 2019.