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Denso has acquired Ease Simulation, a US company which develops automotive diagnostics technology.
Richard Shiozaki, senior vice president of Denso Products and Services Americas, says the deal is part of a long-term strategy to offer new value for mobility.
Ease will now merge with Denso Products and Services America, an automotive components subsidiary based in California.
Ease also offers automotive inspection software, automotive emissions equipment and automotive telematics systems.
In 2014, Denso acquired 72% of Ease in a bid to help develop its vehicle diagnostic and telematics business in North America.
Driver safety is also a priority for Denso. In Japan, the company launched a retrofittable driver status monitor which detects driver distractions and drowsiness to help reduce accidents involving commercial vehicles. The platform carries out checks based on a driver’s facial image, which is captured through a camera installed in the cabin.
The monitor voices an alert if the driver is not paying attention or is seated inappropriately.