Aisin Seiki Co., Advics Co., JTEKT Corp., and Denso Corp. announced that they have reached a basic agreement to establish a joint venture company to develop integrated electronic control unit (ECU) software for automated driving and vehicle dynamics control. The company will be capitalized with the participation ratio of Denso 65%, Aisin 25%, Advics 5%, and JTEKT 5%.

The integrated ECU manages components such as sensors, brakes, and steering, which are basic driving functions and critical for automated driving. Through this joint company, Denso, Aisin, Advics, and JTEKT will focus on expediting the development of more sophisticated software required for larger and more complex integrated ECUs.

Details are still being discussed. The plan is for the new company to launch in March 2019.