Stellantis has signed a long-term deal to use Qualcomm’s next-generation connected-car technology in its vehicle lineup, the companies confirmed. Fourteen Stellantis brands, including Peugeot, Fiat and Jeep, will use Qualcomm’s vehicle cockpit and 5G telematics technology starting in 2024 with Maserati.
Stellantis Chief Executive Carlos Tavares said in a statement the collaboration helps the company more closely manage the complete electronics supply chain.
Qualcomm general manager of automotive, Nakul Duggal, told Reuters more car makers are working directly with chip makers rather than just relying on their other suppliers to act as a go-between.
Duggal added Qualcomm’s recent acquisition of self-driving tech software company Arriver gives its so-called “digital chassis” the ability to offer a full set of driver assistance and self-driving capabilities in addition to cockpit and telematic technology.
In the statement the two companies said the in-car communication and infotainment system being developed for Stellantis is being designed and engineered together with Amazon and Taiwanese manufacturing company Foxconn.