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Stellantis signs contract with Qualcomm to drive vehicle connectivity

Stellantis is aiming to take the driver-vehicle relationship to the next level after signing a deal with Qualcomm to use its Snapdragon Digital Chassis solution.

The next-generation platform will be deployed across the 14 Stellantis brands, which include Vauxhall, Peugeot and Citroen, starting in 2024.

Leveraging the Snapdragon platform and 5G capabilities for telematics, Stellantis says it will have the capability to meet customers’ evolving expectations for “personalised and cutting-edge experiences that are continually upgradeable”, as well as contribute to securing its supply chain on strategic components.

Carlos Tavares, Stellantis CEO, said: “Qualcomm Technologies’ broad experience in automotive and scale as a semiconductor leader will enable us to vertically integrate key elements of our new platforms and more closely manage the complete electronics supply chain to provide access to the best technologies enable the fulfillment of Stellantis’ volume potential and achieve our Dare Forward 2030 ambition.”

Stellantis will use next-generation Snapdragon cockpit platforms to power the in-car communication and infotainment systems for STLA SmartCockpit, which is being designed and engineered together with Amazon and Foxconn.

Features will include over-the-air (OTA) updates that will allow the vehicle to naturally evolve and improve over time by being constantly updated as well as features on demand and instant vehicle upgrades, such as additional horsepower or drive modes.

Cristiano Amon, president and CEO of Qualcomm, said: “By creating open, scalable, and comprehensive automotive platforms that encompasses semiconductors, systems, software, and services, we are empowering Stellantis, as well as the broader automotive ecosystem, to lead the transformation to the digital era of automobiles.”

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