Valeo has acquired all of the outstanding shares of German start-up, Gestigon, specialising in developing 3D image processing software for vehicle cabins.

Valeo says the acquisition provides a solution to the need for human-machine interfaces (HMI) in a hyper-connected world. With the acquisition, Valeo will be able to develop its cabin comfort and driving assistance operations, particularly in high-growth technologies such as interior cameras and image processing.

The technologies are increasingly a key differentiating factor in the automotive industry and Gestigon’s software suite is compatible with all types of in-vehicle gesture and movement recognition sensors.

Building on Valeo’s existing Driver Monitoring system, which can sense driver drowsiness or distraction, the acquisition will lead to the development of object and occupant detection features.

In the future, the vehicle will be able to analyse the cabin environment and adapt to the occupants’ safety needs – by activating airbags for example.

“We are delighted to welcome Gestigon to the Valeo community,” said Valeo Comfort and Driving Assistance Systems Business Group leader, Marc Vrecko.

“A leader in human-machine interface solutions, this start-up enjoys expertise in the automotive industry. By combining our skills in a larger team, we will sharpen our edge and reinforce our leadership in autonomous and connected cars.”