Denso has taken a stake in PiNTeam Holding, a German company with competence in in-vehicle embedded software technology. It is primarily deployed in Europe. With this equity stake, Denso looks to accelerate the development of basic software that controls in-vehicle electronic control units (ECUs).
Vehicles are becoming increasingly reliant on complex, embedded software due to growing demands for vehicle performance, especially as new systems in advanced driver assistance system and electrification proliferate. The number of ECUs per vehicle has steadily risen, with luxury cars typically having more than 80 ECUs each. For this reason, in-vehicle electronic system control will need to be able to process larger quantities of more diverse data than at present. Highly reliable basic software will be required to coordinate many ECUs and control the entire vehicle.
In the partnership, Denso will combine its technologies related to in-vehicle electronic system control, as well as its expertise in mass production quality and precision, with PiNTeam's advanced embedded software solutions that meet European standards. This will enable both companies to develop basic software from a global perspective, which will increase its effectiveness.
PiNTeam developed for Denso an innovative solution to provide efficient thermal pre-conditioning in electric vehicles, for both the cabin, offering maximum comfort to the user with low energy consumption, and the powertrain, improving the driving range of the vehicle.
Auto industry faces the challenge of creating globally competitive electronic systems that confirm to global industry standards. To achieve safe and secure mobility in the future, Denso will actively cooperate with partners in and outside Japan to develop systems that contribute to the advancement of vehicles, making them safer, more efficient and sustainable for all.