Denso opening Pittsburgh facility to focus on autonomy

Denso opening Pittsburgh facility to focus on autonomy

R&D Center began operating in July in city that has hosted multiple autonomous vehicle startups.


Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Denso Corp., the Japan-based global Tier 1 automotive supplier, has established the Pittsburgh Innovation Lab, a new U.S. R&D center designed to strengthen open innovation and enhance technology development that enables automated driving. Denso began operations in Pittsburgh in July 2020.

Pittsburgh has emerged as a U.S. hub for autonomous driving research, thanks primarily to research coming out of Carnegie Melon University. In addition to Denso, Aptiv, Uber, and Aurora have facilities there. Argo AI, an autonomous startup primarily owned by Ford and Volkswagen, also calls Pittsburgh home.

Denso's development of automated driving technologies stems from its broader mission to offer safe and secure means of transportation for all people globally. At the Pittsburgh Innovation Lab, the company will conduct research to achieve Level-4 automated driving and develop the elemental technologies, including AI, to make it possible.

In recent years, Denso has established six advanced R&D centers in four countries (U.S., Israel, Canada, and Finland) and promoted open innovation activities with universities, research institutes and startups. Together, these Denso R&D centers and collaborative projects give the company unique opportunities to attract top talent, rapidly identify and work with new partners, and develop the solutions that will make future mobility cleaner, greener and more efficient for all.