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Valeo acquires Gestigon

Valeo Group | #FutureMobility

Valeo has acquired all of the outstanding shares of gestigon, a German start‑up specialized in developing 3D image processing software for the vehicle cabin.

Designed to reinforce Valeo’s technological leadership in automated driving, this acquisition provides a solution to the need to develop simple, intuitive and effective human-machine interfaces (HMI) in a hyper-connected world. With the acquisition, Valeo will be able to develop its cabin comfort and driving assistance operations, particularly in high-growth technologies such as interior cameras and image processing.

These technologies are increasingly a key differentiating factor in the automotive industry, and gestigon’s cutting-edge artificial intelligence-based solutions will contribute to the development of Valeo’s automated driving strategy. The start-up’s software suite, which is compatible with all types of in-vehicle gesture and movement recognition sensors, signals a real technological breakthrough.

Building on Valeo’s existing Driver Monitoring system, which can sense driver drowsiness or distraction, the acquisition will lead to the development of a comprehensive offering of object and occupant detection features. Going forward, the vehicle will be able to analyze the cabin environment and seamlessly adapt to the occupants’ safety needs – by activating airbags, for example.

Marc Vrecko
Head of Valeo’s Comfort and Driving Assistance Systems Business Group

We are delighted to welcome gestigon to the Valeo community. A leader in human-machine interface solutions, this start-up enjoys recognized expertise in the automotive industry. By combining our skills in a larger team, we will sharpen our edge and reinforce our leadership in autonomous and connected cars.