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Boston tech centre aims to progress smart mobility

Automated driving technology has the potential to help the city increase accessibility to public transit and alleviate congestion

The centre will be located in Boston's Seaport district, known as a tech hub
The centre will be located in Boston's Seaport district, known as a tech hub

Aptiv has unveiled a new technology centre in Boston’s Seaport district, expanding the company’s US engineering footprint.


The new Boston Seaport facility joins Aptiv’s technology centres in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Mountain View, California, focused on automated mobility-on-demand (AMoD) and data management development.


Aptiv selected Boston’s Seaport district as the location of its new technical centre due to the city’s technically proficient workforce, world-class universities, and local government’s track record of supporting technology and growth.


Automated driving technology has the potential to help the city of Boston increase accessibility to public transit and alleviate congestion.


nuTonomy, an autonomous vehicle start-up recently acquired by Aptiv, has already launched an automated driving pilot programme in Boston’s Seaport district, where the challenging urban surroundings and diverse weather conditions create ideal conditions for automated driving development.


“Aptiv intends to apply its mobility solutions to assist the city of Boston with all of its smart city activities, specifically, the ‘Go Boston 2030’ initiative that envisions a more efficient transportation network by leveraging automated mobility,” said Glen De Vos, senior vice president and chief technology officer, Aptiv.


“A year ago, I issued an executive order that welcomed researchers and companies to Boston, inviting them to explore how autonomous vehicle technology can help further our transportation goals of safety, access, and reliability, as outlined in Boston’s long-term plans Imagine Boston 2030 and ‘Go Boston 2030’, added Boston mayor Martin Walsh.


“We are pleased that Aptiv will locate their new mobility innovation centre in Boston, tapping into the wealth of talent here and strengthening Boston’s role as a leader in innovation.”


“Boston has become a leading global city for the development of autonomous driving solutions, making it the ideal location for our new technology centre,” commented Kevin Clark, president and chief executive officer, Aptiv.


“We look forward to working closely with Mayor Walsh and Boston’s world-class research centres and talent base to move mobility forward in the city and across the globe.”



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