Siemens to acquire autonomous driving software maker TASS International

31 Aug 2017

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Inspired move by Siemens will strengthen its position in the automotive industry.

Siemens has revealed it is to acquire Dutch software company TASS International, a maker of self-driving software for the automotive industry.

Helmond-based TASS is a global provider of simulation software as well as engineering services focused on autonomous driving, integrated safety, advanced driver assistance systems and tyre modelling.

The acquisition will strengthen Siemens’ product life-cycle management (PLM) software portfolio, and will give it a seat at the table in the automotive industry as self-driving vehicles become more common.

The amount Siemens paid for TASS International has not been disclosed.

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“The automotive industry is a core focus for Siemens, and our acquisition of TASS International is another example of our commitment to offer a complete digital enterprise solutions portfolio, enabling automotive companies to realise their digital transformation and fully benefit from all opportunities of digitalisation” said Dr Jan Mrosik, CEO of Siemens’ digital factory division.

“TASS International is a proven leader in both integrated safety and autonomous driving, two fields of engineering that are increasingly important for the industry. By combining its strengths with Siemens’ PLM offerings, we are able to respond even better to today’s challenges in the automotive industry.”

With TASS International’s PreScan software, car manufacturers, suppliers and government agencies can simulate complex traffic scenarios, and virtually validate automated driving solutions and advanced driver assistance systems.

Meanwhile, its Madymo software can simulate the impact of a car crash on the human body.

TASS International’s simulation software will be combined with Siemens’ Simcenter portfolio of advanced simulation offerings as well as its electronic design automation solutions from recently acquired Mentor Graphics.

“The integration of TASS International into the Siemens organisation is expected to create a stable, long-term environment and allow access to a vast knowledge base. This can help to build an integrated toolchain for verification and validation of complex automotive functions that should benefit both the automotive industry as well as government organisations worldwide,” said Jan van den Oetelaar, CEO of TASS International.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years