Foxconn Team On In-Vehicle User Experience Stellantis

Stellantis, Foxconn Team On In-Vehicle User Experience

May 19, 2021 at 11:13PM

Stellantis and Foxconn have signed an agreement to form Mobile Drive, which will work on new in-vehicle user experiences, the companies announced in a press release.

The new tech will come with advanced consumer electronics, HMI interfaces and services that will boost consumer expectations.

Mobile Drive will combine the global vehicle design and engineering along with Foxconn’s global development in the evolving software and hardware of smartphones and other consumer electronics.

With that team-up Mobile Drive will be able to deliver a “new frontier” of in-cabin information and entertainment capabilities, which will be connected both inside and outside the vehicles.

Stellantis Chief Executive Officer Carlos Tavares said the objective was to help boost features inside vehicles to help customers’ lives.

“Software is a strategic move for our industry and Stellantis intends to lead with Mobile Drive, a company that will enable the swift development of connectivity features and services that mark the next great evolution of our industry, just as electrification technology has,” he said, according to the release.

Any development between the two companies will be co-owned by both. Mobile Drive, the release says, will focus on infotainment, telematics and cloud service platform development, along with software innovations including artificial intelligence, 5G, upgraded over-the-air services, eCommerce opportunities and smart cockpit integrations.

A report last year from PYMNTS found that people do want to continue commuting to work, even in spite of the often long and stressful nature of commuting.

One in four commuters, however, would be willing to have another 20 minutes of driving to work if they could control their arrival time and know it was accurate. Time efficiency, the study found, was about more than just the time a journey takes, also encompassing how reliable the predictions are.

Asked why this was the case, almost half of respondents said they were unhappy with the amount of real-time information available to help plan how their driving routes went.

Foxconn Join Forces On Connected Car Tech Stellantis

Stellantis, Foxconn, Join Forces On Connected Car Tech

May 18, 2021 at 06:34PM

Automaker Stellantis has joined forces with Foxconn, the Taiwanese company that manufactures iPhones, to create in-car and connected-car technologies for the car industry.

The two companies announced Tuesday (May 18) they have formed Mobile Drive, a joint venture based in Stellantis’ home country of the Netherlands. With the 50-50 partnership, the companies plan to focus on “infotainment, telematics and cloud service platform development,” according to a Reuters report.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Stellantis Chief Software Officer Yves Bonnefont said in a Reuters interview that the decision to work with Foxconn was driven by the need to move quickly and tap into the best expertise around.

Stellantis Chief Executive Carlos Tavares told the news service the partnership with Foxconn was “a ‘must’ of our future strategic direction.”

But Reuters notes that the partnership seems less comprehensive than expected after “Fiat Chrysler, now part of Stellantis, said last year it was planning to set up a joint venture with Hon Hai Precision Industry, Foxconn’s parent company, to build electric cars and develop internet-connected vehicles in China.”

There’s also the question of how the deal will help Stellantis reach one of its top goals, relaunching in Asia, a market that accounts for less than 3 percent of its revenue.

Mobile Drive will function as an automotive supplier, providing software systems and hardware to Stellantis and any other car company who is interested, per Reuters.

The software will include artificial intelligence (AI)-based applications, 5G communication, eCommerce opportunities and smart cockpit integrations, connecting software and apps to the car’s wider systems.

Stellantis in April announced a partnership with Google through Fiat. The car marker, which also owns Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Maserati, has sold more than 3 million 500-level Fiats since 2007. With the Google integration, drivers will be able to interact with the voice, smartphone or Google Nest Hub-connected device in their homes.