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Delphi spins off, renames self-driving car efforts as Aptiv

Aaron Aupperlee
| Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017, 10:09 a.m.
Delphi has begun working in Pittsburgh on a self-driving prototype. Delphi and partners The BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye will be in production by 2021 and will sell autonomous vehicles to other car companies and industries. (Photo by John F. Martin for Delphi)
John F. Martin for Delphi Automotive
Delphi has begun working in Pittsburgh on a self-driving prototype. Delphi and partners The BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye will be in production by 2021 and will sell autonomous vehicles to other car companies and industries. (Photo by John F. Martin for Delphi)
A self-driving car under construction at Delphi's facility at the RIDC Industrial Park in O'Hara near Pittsburgh. | Photo from Delphi
A self-driving car under construction at Delphi's facility at the RIDC Industrial Park in O'Hara near Pittsburgh. | Photo from Delphi
A self-driving car under construction at Delphi's facility at the RIDC Industrial Park in O'Hara near Pittsburgh. | Photo from Delphi
A self-driving car under construction at Delphi's facility at the RIDC Industrial Park in O'Hara near Pittsburgh. | Photo from Delphi

Delphi's self-driving car efforts in Pittsburgh and elsewhere will go by a new name, the company announced Wednesday.

The company is spinning off its high-tech initiatives including autonomous driving, connected vehicles and advanced software, computing and electronics and creating a new business, Aptiv.

The company's powertrain business will be known as Delphi Technologies. The two companies will have different CEOs, and both will be publicly traded.

“The vehicle has evolved and so have we,” said Kevin Clark, Delphi's president and CEO. “We have expanded upon our heritage of industry firsts with advanced software capabilities and deep systems integration expertise, enabling us to develop intelligent solutions to meet mobility's toughest challenges. The future demands executional excellence, and this is where Aptiv thrives. The name ‘Aptiv' reflects knowledge, adaptiveness and drive, as well as an ability to not only envision the future, but to make it real.”

Clark will be the CEO of Aptiv. Liam Butterworth, currently head of Delphi's powertrain division, will lead Delphi Technologies. The company expects the split to be completed by March.

Delphi announced last month it would add 100 jobs to its Pittsburgh operation in the next six to nine months.

Aaron Aupperlee is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at aaupperlee@tribweb.com, 412-336-8448 or via Twitter @tinynotebook.

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