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Denso to turn 1,000 autoparts engineers into software developers

Toyota group supplier seeks to meet growing need for IT knowledge

A Denso engineer undergoes software recurrent training at the company's head office in Aichi, Japan. (Photo by Yuki Fukumoto)

TOKYO -- Denso, a leading autoparts maker and member of the Toyota Motor group, plans to retrain 1,000 of its component engineers as software developers by 2025.

Competition for employees with software skills is heating up in the auto industry as vehicles become more tech-heavy. The industry expects that software will account for 50% of the cost of a vehicle in 2030 and that the number of lines of software code in luxury cars will increase from 100 million to 700 million per vehicle.

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