MANCHESTER, England & LIPPSTADT, Germany & IHRINGEN, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wejo, a global leader in connected vehicle data, and Hella Gutmann Solutions (“Hella Gutmann”), a leading diagnostics and automotive data provider, which is a subsidiary of HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA (“Hella”), one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers, today detailed notable recent achievements of their partnership, which include multiple business applications for connected vehicle data across the vehicle lifecycle. Hella is a minority investor in Wejo, which expects to become a publicly listed company later this year through its planned merger with Virtuoso Acquisition Corp. (NASDAQ: VOSO). The companies discuss the partnership and their progress to date in a video released today.
Hella Gutmann boasts an extensive diagnostic and data portfolio designed to enhance the diagnosis and repair process of vehicles in the automotive aftermarket. This portfolio, Hella Gutmann’s exceptional auto expertise, and Wejo’s connected vehicle data platform, which has ingested more than 12 trillion data points and 59 billion journeys from connected vehicles worldwide, will combine to revolutionize the ways in which OEMs, passengers, businesses, dealerships, and independent workshops maintain vehicle health and residual value. As the video details, the actionable intelligence uncovered through the collaboration has created real business applications across the broader automotive industry that can address and solve some of the most significant mobility challenges.
Richard Barlow, Founder and CEO at Wejo, said, “The Hella-Wejo partnership is enabling amazing outcomes for drivers like you and me - where a malfunction in your car can be communicated and you can take preventive action instead of being stranded – or when a problem has occurred, the mechanic already has all of the information they need to identify, diagnose, and repair the issue swiftly and accurately to minimize the time your car is off the road or prevent additional expenditures. This is just the beginning. From e-mobility to the broader digitalization of the vehicle and ever more intelligent sensors, Hella and Wejo together will deliver insights to passengers, manufacturers, mechanics, OEMs business fleets that demonstrate the power and potential of how connected vehicle data can be used.”
Rolf Kunold, CEO at Hella Gutmann, added: “Wejo’s connected vehicle data expertise is an outstanding complement to Hella Gutmann’s product portfolio and has enabled us to develop new digital data driven products and services for the connected vehicle data supply chain to benefit OEMs. We are glad to continue to build on the early success of this innovative partnership as we seek to push the boundaries of the connected vehicle sector.”
In addition to Hella Gutmann, Wejo has established partnerships with a number of leading companies across several industries that have invested in the company. These include Palantir Technologies (NYSE: PLTR) to power the leading connected vehicle data platform; Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) to deliver the scale, performance and security in the cloud with Microsoft Azure; Sompo Holdings (TYO: 8630) to bring the power of connected vehicle data to the APAC region; and General Motors (NYSE: GM). Additionally, Wejo also has business relationships with 17 automotive OEMs and Tier 1s.
Wejo is a global leader in connected vehicle data, revolutionizing the way we live, work and travel by transforming and interpreting real-time vehicle data. The company enables smarter mobility by organizing 12 trillion data points from approximately 12 million vehicles and more than 59 billion journeys globally, across multiple brands, makes and models, and then standardizing and enhancing those streams of data on a vast scale. Wejo partners with ethical, like-minded companies and organizations to turn that data into insights that unlock value for consumers. With the most comprehensive and trusted data, underpinned by leadership in data privacy, Wejo is creating a smarter, safer, more sustainable world for all. Founded in 2014, Wejo employs more than 250 people and has offices in Manchester in the UK and in regions where Wejo does business around the world. For more information, visit: www.wejo.com.
About HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA, Lippstadt
HELLA is a global, family-owned company listed on the stock exchange, with over 125 locations in some 35 countries. With currency and portfolio-adjusted sales of € 6.5 billion in fiscal year 2020/2021 and more than 36,000 employees, HELLA is one of the world’s leading automotive suppliers. HELLA specialises in innovative lighting systems and vehicle electronics and has been an important partner to the automotive industry and aftermarket for more than a century. Furthermore, in its Special Applications segment, HELLA develops, manufactures and sells lighting and electronic products for specialist vehicles. For more information, visit: www.hella.com
About Hella Gutmann Solutions GmbH, Ihringen
Hella Gutmann Solutions is a subsidiary of HELLA GmbH & Co. KGaA. Our main product range features professional equipment for automotive workshops, car dealerships and automotive testing agencies. Core products are data, software, devices and tools for diagnostics, exhaust emission tests, headlight adjustment, system checks and the associated measuring technology. Some 45,000 automotive companies in 24 countries utilize the tools and professional expertise of Hella Gutmann Solutions on a daily basis. This converts into a coverage approximately 90% of the European car parc for our workshop customers. Out of this core business HGS is now developing new smart data driven business models (e.g. over-the-air diagnosis, cloud-based data on demand services, etc.) catering to new customers groups (e.g. Insurance, Telematics, Fleet Management, etc.). For more information, visit: www.hella-gutmann.com
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In connection with the proposed business combination, a preliminary registration statement on Form S-4 was filed by the Company with the SEC on July 16, 2021 (as amended on September 7, 2021, October 1, 2021, October 7, 2021 and October 18, 2021), which was thereafter declared effective on October 22, 2021. The Form S-4 included preliminary proxy statements to be distributed to holders of Virtuoso’s common stock in connection with Virtuoso’s solicitation for proxies for the vote by Virtuoso’s stockholders in connection with the proposed business combination and other matters as described in the Form S-4, as well as a prospectus of the Company relating to the offer of the securities to be issued in connection with the completion of the business combination. Virtuoso, Wejo and the Company urge investors, stockholders and other interested persons to read the Form S-4, including the proxy statement/prospectus incorporated by reference therein, as well as other documents filed with the SEC in connection with the proposed business combination, as these materials contain important information about Wejo, Virtuoso, and the proposed business combination. Such persons can also read Virtuoso’s final prospectus dated January 21, 2021 (SEC File No. 333-251781), for a description of the security holdings of Virtuoso’s officers and directors and their respective interests as security holders in the consummation of the proposed business combination. After the Form S-4 was declared effective, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus was mailed to Virtuoso’s stockholders as of a record date of October 14, 2021 for voting on the proposed business combination. Stockholders are also be able to obtain copies of such documents, without charge, at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov, or by directing a request to: Virtuoso Acquisition Corp., 180 Post Road East, Westport, CT 06880, or (203) 227-1978. These documents can also be obtained, without charge, at the SEC’s web site (http://www.sec.gov).
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