UK-based Delphi, one of the largest automotive suppliers in the world, has announced its intention to buy nuTonomy in a deal valued at $450 million.

Delphi said today the deal for $400 million plus approximately $50 million in earn-outs will accelerate its global commercialization of Autonomous Driving (AD) and Automated Mobility on-Demand (AMoD) tech for automakers and new mobility customers.

nuTonomy, a Boston-based automated driving technology developer, and MIT spin-off is the creator of an automated driving software program that forms the “brain” of vehicles and technology with which it is integrated. Its proprietary nuCore software focuses on mapping, localization, and navigation in urban environments, offering a flexible and modular platform used by different kinds of vehicles, fleet applications, and sensor configurations. Delphi can now sell its platform to automakers with limited progress or resources to develop their own platforms. Similar moves have been made by Waymo and Apple’s Project Titan.

With this acquisition, Delphi taps into nuTonomy’s technology and brain trust, including a doubling of its research team with nuTonomy’s approximately 70 scientists and engineers. Also, it speeds up the planned deployment of 60 self-driving cars in three continents and expands its autonomous driving operations, including its autonomous driving development teams, to new cities such as Boston and Santa Monica, Calif. In today’s joint conference call, Delphi cited scale and accelerating its commercial marketplace offerings as major contributing factors in its decision to purchase.

“Our mission has always been to radically improve the safety, efficiency, and accessibility of transportation worldwide,” said nuTonomy cofounder and CEO Karl Iagnemma. “Joining forces with Delphi brings us one step closer to achieving our goal with a market-leading partner whose vision directly aligns with ours. Together, we will set the global standard for excellence in autonomous driving technology.”

nuTonomy was founded in 2013 by Dr. Karl Iagnemma and Dr. Emilio Frazzoli. In four years, it has progressed its automated driving platform with several research and development partnerships. One includes its collaboration with Lyft to perform research on passenger comfort and safety in self-driving environments. The firm is also conducting road tests of its self-driving electric cars in Singapore, with a goal of launching a self-driving on-demand service there by next year.