Delphi Automotive's newly named electronics business — Aptiv — has its eye on a completely new kind of supplier prize: service work.
Delphi executives told analysts last month that a big new wave of electronically implemented updates and bug fixes is coming to automotive service, and Aptiv expects to be in the middle of it.
"Right now, the industry has a very antiquated way of dealing with software fixes, right?" Delphi CEO Kevin Clark told an audience of investors and analysts late last month in Boston. "It goes to a dealer, it gets re-flashed, the dealer gets money."
But in the near future, he said, software updates will be sent remotely to fix warranty problems or make model-year product changes and other updates.
That's an emerging market that Delphi Automotive, with $16.66 billion in 2016 sales to automakers, began positioning for this year when it moved to split in two.
Delphi's traditional powertrain systems business will be known as Delphi Technologies, while its electronics operation, now called Aptiv, plans to charge deeper into advanced electronics and autonomous-drive technologies.