NavInfo wants to become the ‘Digital Brain of Intelligent Driving’. To get there, the Chinese company relies heavily on the innovations from its research lab in Eindhoven. “There is an enormous amount of knowledge and talent available in Eindhoven, which enables us to develop cutting-edge technology that helps shape the future of mobility.”
Founded in 2002, NavInfo is a global leader in navigation software, digital maps, dynamic traffic information, location big data and telematics solutions for passenger and commercial vehicles. Its customers include some of the world’s largest players in the automotive industry. With 6,000 employees across 39 entities, NavInfo generated about 2.1 billion yuan in 2018 revenue.
The availability of talent and knowledge is the main reason why NavInfo keeps expanding its R&D presence in the region. Lavreysen: “We also have a large R&D operation in China, but it’s fair to say that Eindhoven is responsible for some of our most academic and pioneering research. This has a lot do with Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), which gives us access to top talent and leading research in many relevant areas including image processing, artificial intelligence (AI), deep learning and data security.”
To increase its visibility among potential candidates, NavInfo works closely together with BOM. Recently, it participated in a regional talent event hosted by BOM and Cynergy.
In addition to R&D, NavInfo’s team in Eindhoven is also active in business development. The company is one of the partners in AI in Motion. This spin-off from TU/e aims to develop new technologies and services in the field of autonomous driving and smart mobility. “Activities like these allow us to speed up innovation in areas that are traditionally not part of our core business. The fact that we find opportunities like these in Eindhoven speaks volumes about the technology leadership of the region.”
The future is bright for NavInfo in the Eindhoven region. Lavreysen: “This region has strengths in many technology areas, which provides us with a lot of flexibility to respond to new developments in our rapidly evolving industry. Going forward, we have the ambition to keep growing in Eindhoven to support our parent company in China and to eventually also help attract more customers in Europe.”
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