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Bosch has announced the acquisition of Five, a UK startup in the field of automated driving. Headquartered in Cambridge, U.K., Five is to be part of the Bosch Cross-Domain Computing Solutions division.

Since it was set up in 2016, Five has built a team of experts in cloud software, safety assurance, robotics and machine learning, and has placed itself at the forefront of developing state-of-the-art software and artificial intelligence-based solutions for autonomous driving, through SAE Level 4.

The startup now focuses primarily on a cloud-based development, and testing platform for the software used in self-driving cars. 

At Bosch, Five will strengthen the company’s project structure for the development of self-driving cars.

The two teams’ software engineering environments complement each other, and will be merged to form a single solution.

Dr. Markus Heyn, member of the Bosch board of management and chairman of the Mobility Solutions business sector, says: “Automated driving is set to make road traffic safer. We want Five to give an extra boost to our work in software development for safe automated driving, and offer our customers European-made technology.” 

Stan Boland, Five’s CEO, comments: “Scale matters in building automated driving technology. Bosch is a global leader in driving assistance technologies, with core technologies and vast data lakes that will be essential in bringing safe self-driving systems to market. We’re excited for Five to become part of Europe’s most powerful SAE Level 4 player and to be a part of Bosch’s future success.”

“Five is the perfect fit for our engineering activities – not least due to its associates’ mindset and agile approach. This brings us closer to our aim of getting safe automated driving onto our roads,” adds Dr. Mathias Pillin, president of the Bosch Cross-Domain Computing Solutions division. For Bosch, moreover, the acquisition is a further step toward consolidating its market position in software and automated driving. Only recently, the company extended its portfolio by acquiring Atlatec GmbH, a specialist in the field of high-resolution digital maps. This means Bosch will be the only company that can offer its customers all the necessary building blocks of automated driving from a single source – from actuators, sensors, and maps to software and the engineering environment.”

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Bosch has already developed automated valet parking, the first production-ready driving function not to require a driver.

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