TomTom announced today that it has acquired Autonomos – a Berlin-based autonomous driving startup. The acquisition will help TomTom to further develop autonomous driving services. Financial details about the acquisition deal have not been disclosed.
Autonomos has provided Research & Development consultancy services for automated vehicle assistance systems and has built up expertise and technologies in the process. Full demonstration-level autonomous driving software stack, 3D sensor technology, and digital image processing – all these are products that the company has been working on.
Autonomos was founded in 2012 and is based in Berlin. The founders had previously worked on successful research projects on autonomous driving at the Free University of Berlin.
Tinosch Ganjineh, CEO and co-founder of Autonomos: “We are proud to have been selected by the world leader in map making for bringing autonomous driving together to the next level. TomTom’s technology combined with our intelligent driving know-how are a perfect match to make the dream of self-driving cars become a reality“.
The team will advance TomTom’s map-based products for autonomous driving applications. Having an in-house autonomous driving stack will enable TomTom to better serve customers with its products, including its HD map, RoadDNA localisation technology, as well as its navigation, traffic and other cloud services.
Harold Goddijn, CEO and co-founder of TomTom: “This is an important development for us as it will help to continue to strengthen our capabilities for the future of driving and expand our knowledge and expertise. With this deal we are further positioning ourselves as one of the leaders in autonomous driving.“