The future generation of BMW vehicles will bear the signature of a Kerala technopreneur. The German luxury automaker will partner with Kerala-based Acsia Technologies to work on the advanced infotainment program of its upcoming vehicles.
Acsia Technologies is headquartered in Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram and is led by Thrissur native Jijimon Chandran.
The global automotive software company has been selected as the software development provider by Garmin, a global leader in GPS-enabled products, and the company is collaborating with Germany-based AOX Technologies to develop infotainment systems for BMW.
Infotainment is the hardware and software platform designed to provide information and entertainment, including audio and video, in vehicles. Acsia signed a contract with Garmin and got the ball rolling for the project.
“Since 2014 we have been developing software for more than seven years. Last year we were asked to develop software for the German car manufacturer BMW. The lead came through Garmin and after a long evaluation process we were shortlisted to carry out a pre-evaluation phase and now we are awarded the project. The project is long-term and this opportunity gives Acsia engineers the opportunity to work for the world’s top car manufacturers. We will be responsible for the development and maintenance of the automotive infotainment system for the future generation of BMW vehicles,” Acsia CEO Chandran told Onmanorama in Kochi on Saturday.
The main software development activities will be carried out at Acsia’s delivery center in Thiruvananthapuram and the company will also deploy its engineers in Germany.
The CEO said Acsia has begun expanding its engineering team for the project, which would open up opportunities for the state’s engineering community to work on advanced automotive software.
Acsia has extensive experience developing infotainment and connected car production programs for the world’s leading car manufacturers and Tier1 companies. The company uses this know-how to develop best-in-class infotainment and integrated cockpit systems for BMW through its collaboration with Garmin and AOX. Acsia’s development centers are equipped with TISAX, ASPICE and other mandatory certifications to develop such solutions.
“Acsia provides world-class services to its customers around the world. Acsia, together with AOX as Garmin’s software development partner, will further strengthen our competencies. We are excited to join forces to bring digital cockpits to our customers,” said Craig Puder, Garmin vice president of automotive OEM engineering, in a press release.
“AOX serves premium automotive customers. We stand for successful automotive software project deliveries that require a deep technical understanding of embedded software, cross-architecture insights for complex systems and functions, professional project management, a powerful work culture and full commitment. We therefore have the same premium expectations of our strategic software suppliers. Acsia has practically proven that it meets and exceeds our expectations and is a reliable scaling partner for AOX. We look forward to successfully implementing this challenging project with a reliable partner like Acsia,” said Markus Pillowdorfer, Managing Director of AOX Connect.
Acsia works with the Government of Kerala’s Additional Skill Acquisition Program (ASAP) to contribute to automotive-related courses they offer. Acsia has already partnered with many of the state’s technical institutions to set up automotive software competency centers to identify and nurture technical talent. The new project will be beneficial for engineers in the country as Acsia is looking for new employees to expand its team.