Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), one of the giants in the IT industry and General Motors (GM), one of the biggest car manufacturers in the world have announced the partnership in future global vehicle engineering. The new association builds on the 16-year long relationship between the two companies, the companies said in a joint statement.
The program will look at the future of mobility including how to make vehicles with zero emissions and crashes.
Under the agreement, TCS will acquire certain assets at the GM Technical Center – India (GMTC-I), in Bengaluru, and will partner with GM, supporting its global vehicle programs with engineering design services over the next five years, it added.
GM will transfer over 1,300 employees from its Bengaluru Technical Centre to TCS which will include personnel working on propulsion systems, vehicle engineering, control development, creative design, and special projects. The transaction and handover are expected to be completed by the end of September.
Established in 2004 in Bengaluru, GMTC-I houses a design studio and an engineering centre with state-of-the-art, in-house electronics hardware and software testing and validation infrastructure.
“TCS has been an outstanding partner for 16 years. We are pleased to evolve our partnership even further, as we work to deliver on our commitment to creating a world with zero crashes, zero emissions, and zero congestion,” GM vice president electrification, controls, software & electronics, Dan Nicholson said.
“Next-generation automotive R&D is a key focus area for TCS, given the criticality of product innovation and connectedness in the Business 4.0™ world. This new partnership with General Motors is a testament to our willingness to invest in the relationship for the longer term,” TCS Global Head, Manufacturing Business Group Susheel Vasudevan said.
As losses kept increasing due to a massive decline in vehicle sales in India, General Motors decided to stop selling vehicles in the domestic market in May 2017. The company now exports vehicles from its manufacturing capacity based in Maharashtra, while its second plant-based in Gujarat was sold to Chinese vehicle manufacturer SAIC Corporation – the parent company of M G Motor India Pvt. Ltd.