Tata Consultancy Services teams up with 15 automotive tech startups

Multinational IT services company, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) has reportedly partnered with over 15 startups including Velodyne, Luminar Tech, and Stoneridge, which specialize in areas such as lidar and battery management systems relating to electric and autonomous vehicles.

TCS has been keen on accelerating the development of its electric vehicle (EV) and autonomous vehicle (AV) segments, particularly since the acquisition of General Motors (GM) technical center in India, in 2019.

Chief Executive Officer at TCS, Rajesh Gopinathan was quoted saying that currently, over 20% of GM’s workforce is operating in their EV and AV programs.

Approximately 1,300 of the total 2,000 employees in the General Motors center including teams focused on propulsion systems, controls development, testing, and special projects have been transferred to TCS.

Meanwhile, the company’s new partner, Stoneridge is a manufacturer and designer of highly engineered electronic & electrical systems, modules, and components for commercial, automotive, agricultural, motorcycle, and off-highway vehicle industries.

CEO Gopinathan also revealed that TCS is working with German car parts maker ZF in advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) 2.5 development while addressing the ongoing chip shortage, which has emerged as one of the biggest problems in the automotive industry.

Elaborating on the partnership with ZF, Gopinathan said that teams from both companies worked jointly to compile analytics and a procurement solution that optimized data and contextual knowledge in the ZF system.

This was further combined with the ecosystem of partners that they must identify, while also optimizing choices of portfolios and products for maximizing value and customer-centricity, he explained.

Another TCS partner, Silicon Valley-based Velodyne, which is a lidar technology company, has recently set up a design center in India, to drive innovation and grow its engineering and talent team in field-programmable gate arrays (FPGA), board design, embedded software, and other adjacent areas.

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