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Sonatus Automator Named “Connected Car Innovation of the Year” by AutoTech Breakthrough

Annual Awards Program Recognizes Silicon Valley-based Software-Defined Vehicle Leader As Most Innovative Automotive and Transportation Technology

SUNNYVALE, Calif., October 4, 2023 – Sonatus, a leading automotive software company accelerating the transition to software-defined vehicles (SDVs), today announced that Sonatus Automator has been named “Connected Car Innovation Of The Year” in the fourth annual AutoTech Breakthrough Awards.

The most advanced component of the Sonatus Vehicle Platform to date, Automator gives OEMs and their customers the ability to instantly deploy automated routines to create new and personalized in-vehicle features, or run test and diagnostic sequences, all without new code development and cumbersome OTA updates.

These routines can be applied at any point in the vehicle lifecycle such as for prototyping new features during the design and development phase, running automated end-of-line tests during production, and even allowing vehicle owners to personalize their in-vehicle experience after vehicles are sold.

“Writing new code and deploying traditional OTA software updates for feature creation and personalization is time consuming and costly. We created Automator to make this process more efficient and speed up the pace of innovation by eliminating this step for many valuable use cases, enabling OEMs across the globe to quickly implement new features and personalizations to a vehicle.” said Jeff Chou, CEO & co-founder of Sonatus. “Even more, Automator can efficiently execute routines for activities like testing and diagnostics. We look forward to seeing the creative innovations the industry will develop with these new capabilities.”

Automator’s cloud console and APIs allow OEMs and end users to create and deploy sophisticated workflows that orchestrate vehicle-wide functions. The workflows can be triggered by a wide range of in-vehicle and external signals that result in one or more actions including actuating vehicle functions, updating ECU configurations, running diagnostic commands, sending external API messages and much more.

Automator will be launched in production vehicles in 2024 and builds on Sonatus’ history of successful production deployments demonstrating how OEMs and tier-1s can partner with software innovators like Sonatus to provide critical capabilities, while still retaining their ability to deliver differentiated experiences to their customers.

AutoTech Breakthrough is a market intelligence organization that recognizes the top companies, technologies and products in the global automotive and transportation technology markets today. The mission of the annual AutoTech Breakthrough Awards program is to conduct the industry’s most comprehensive analysis and evaluation of automotive and transportation technology categories, including Connected Car, Electric Vehicles, Engine Tech, Automotive CyberSecurity, Sensor Technology, Traffic Tech and many more. This year’s program attracted more than 1,600 nominations from over 15 different countries throughout the world.

“Currently, adding new functionality or features to a vehicle requires a lot of time and resources to develop, test, deploy and integrate new software. Sonatus Automator reduces this time and effort by orchestrating core vehicle software functionality to easily create new general or personalized features,” said Bryan Vaughn, Managing Director of AutoTech Breakthrough Awards. “Congratulations to Sonatus for this solution that enables such a powerful set of capabilities and provides the ability to respond rapidly when the need arises. Sonatus Automator is a major step for the industry in decoupling feature development from hardware architecture to achieve maximum efficiency, flexibility, and scalability.”


About Sonatus
Sonatus is accelerating vehicle software innovation and the transition towards software-defined vehicles. The diverse products comprising the Sonatus Vehicle Platform serve as the key building blocks that allow automotive companies and their ecosystem to fast forward to the future of mobility and deliver continuous improvements in costs, capabilities, reliability, and user experience over the vehicle lifespan. Sonatus’ award-winning software platform is in mass production in over 1 million vehicles from Hyundai, Kia, and Genesis today and will grow to millions of cars by 2024. The company has raised more than $110 million USD with world-class automotive, technology, and venture investors including Foxconn, Hyundai Motor Group’s Kia Corporation, LG Electronics, Marvell, NEC and Translink Orchestrating Future Fund, SAIC Capital, Translink Capital, UMC Capital, and Wanxiang. Sonatus is headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA (Silicon Valley), with offices in Dublin, Paris, Shanghai, Seoul, Taipei, and Tokyo. Sonatus is a trademark of Sonatus, Inc. For more information visit

About AutoTech Breakthrough
Part of Tech Breakthrough, a leading market intelligence and recognition platform for global technology innovation and leadership, the AutoTech Breakthrough Awards program is devoted to honoring excellence in automotive technologies, services, companies and products. The AutoTech Breakthrough Awards program provides a forum for public recognition around the achievements of AutoTech companies and solutions in categories including Connected Car, Electric Vehicles, Engine Tech, Automotive CyberSecurity, Sensor Technology, Traffic Tech, Vehicle Telematics and more. For more information visit

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