The future generation of BMW cars will bear the signature of a Keralite technopreneur. The German luxury automaker is set to partner with Kerala-based Acsia Technologies to work on the advanced infotainment program for its upcoming vehicles.
Based at Technopark, Thiruvananthapuram, Acsia Technologies is led by Jijimon Chandran, a native of Thrissur.
The global automotive software company has been selected as a software development supplier by Garmin, one of the world’s leading suppliers of GPS-enabled products, and the company is teaming up with German company AOX Technologies to develop infotainment systems for BMW.
Infotainment is the hardware and software platform designed to deliver information and entertainment, including audio and video, in vehicles. Acsia signed a contract with Garmin and launched the project.
“We have been developing software for over seven years since 2014. Last year, we were approached to develop software for German car manufacturer BMW. The initiative came from Garmin and after a long evaluation process we were shortlisted to do a pre-evaluation phase and now we have won the project. The project is going to be long-term and thanks to this opportunity, Acsia engineers will have the opportunity to work for the best car manufacturers in the world. We will be responsible for the development and maintenance of the car infotainment system for the future generation of BMW cars,” Chandran, CEO of Acsia, 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 place its engineers in Germany.
The CEO said Acsia has begun expanding its engineering team for the project, opening up opportunities for the state’s engineering community to work on highly advanced automotive software.
Acsia has extensive experience in developing infotainment programs and producing connected cars for the world’s leading automakers and Tier 1 companies. The company leverages this expertise to create infotainment and cockpit systems world-class integrated systems for BMW through its association with Garmin and AOX. Acsia’s development centers are equipped with TISAX, ASPICE and other mandatory certifications to develop such solutions.
“Acsia has provided best-in-class services to its customers around the world. Acsia and AOX, as Garmin’s software development partner, will further strengthen our skills. We look forward to this combination to bring digital cockpits to our customers,” said Craig Puder, vice president of automotive OEM engineering for Garmin, in a press release.
“AOX serves premium automotive customers. We are synonymous with successful deliveries of automotive software projects that require deep technical understanding of embedded software, cross-architectural knowledge for complex systems and functions, professional project management, high-performance work culture and total dedication. With it, we also have the same premium expectations of our strategic software vendors. Acsia has practically proven to meet and exceed our expectations and to be a reliable scaling partner for AOX. We look forward to completing this ambitious project with a reliable partner like Acsia,” said Markus Kissendorfer, Managing Director of AOX Connect.
Acsia has partnered with the Government of Kerala’s Additional Skills Acquisition Program (ASAP) in terms of contributing to the automotive related courses they offer. Acsia has already partnered with many state technology institutions to set up automotive software proficiency centers to identify and develop engineering talent. The new project will be beneficial for engineers in the country, as Acsia is in the midst of a hiring campaign for the expansion of its team.