Quickie: Siemens acquires TASS & gets into self-driving cars

Aug 30, 2017 | Hot Topics

News just broke that Siemens has acquired TASS International, the Dutch company that makes MADYMO, among other things, to bolster its offerings for self-driving cars, occupant safety and other cutting edge apps for the automotive industry. The sale price wasn’t disclosed but the press release says that TASS has about 200 employees and an annual turnover of €27 million. TASS will join the PLM Software business unit after the closing, expected in early September.

MADYMO is probably the most widely used software for analyzing and optimizing occupant safety by modeling the impact of a crash on the human body. TASS has parlayed that into a suite of solutions for modeling automated driving. PreScan for example, simulates complex traffic scenarios and enables users to digitally validate automated driving solutions as well as driver assistance systems.

Dr. Jan Mrosik, CEO of Siemens’ Digital Factory Division. (which includes the PLM business), said of the acquisition, “The automotive industry is a core focus for Siemens and our acquisition of TASS International is another example of our commitment to offer a complete Digital Enterprise solutions portfolio, enabling automotive companies to realize their digital transformation and fully benefit from all opportunities of digitalization. TASS International is a proven leader in both integrated safety and autonomous driving, two fields of engineering that are increasingly important for the industry. By combining its strengths with Siemens’ PLM offerings, we are able to respond even better to today’s challenges in the automotive industry.”

Siemens says that TASS’ solutions will be added to the Siemens’ Simcenter portfolio, which already includes LMS, CD-adapco, Femap, NX Nastran, Mentor Graphics and other brands in a 1D to 3D CAE offering, combined with physical test to help users predict, in this case, vehicle performance across many physics domains.

It’s a cool addition to an already impressive portfolio — and it highlights the continues importance of the automotive vertical to Siemens PLM.  The pieces are now in place to model an autonomous vehicle from controls to crash; and from early-stage verification and validation to the actual crash impact.

I hope to learn much more at the Siemens Analyst event next week.