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Aptiv (APTV)-Affectiva to Jointly Improve In-cabin Experience

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Shares of Aptiv PLC APTV have inched up 1.7% so far this year compared with the industry’s rise of 1.4%.

In a bid to enhance the interior sensing capabilities for autonomous driving vehicles, Aptiv recently inked a commercial partnership agreement with Human Perception artificial intelligence (AI) provider, Affectiva.   

Aptiv and Affectiva will be coordinating to develop deep learning architecture based software capable of improving perception capabilities in advanced safety solutions. This will enable Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEMs), mobility providers and fleet management companies to develop vehicles that offer advanced in-cabin experience in terms of safety. The partnership is further supported by Aptiv’s investment in Affectiva.

Kevin Clark, president and chief executive officer, Aptiv, stated, “This partnership with Affectiva will extend Aptiv's leadership position in perception systems by complementing our portfolio with enhanced interior sensing capabilities.”

Our Take

The collaboration is expected to boost Aptiv’s Advanced Safety and User Experience segment which offers components, systems and advanced software development for passenger comfort and vehicle operation as well as safety and security. In the last reported quarter, revenues in the segment totaled $956 million, up 13% on a year-over-year basis.

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