Fiat Chrysler Selects Samsung, Google Tech for Connected Vehicle Ecosystem
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced it will use HARMAN (Samsung)
and Google technologies to deliver a new “ecosystem” that will enhance the
connected life of FCA vehicle owners globally.
“By selecting industry leaders such as Samsung
and Google, we are making an efficient and responsible utilization of capital
to provide advanced technological solutions to our customers worldwide,” said
Harald Wester, Chief Technical Officer, FCA. “In collaboration with HARMAN –
Samsung and Google, we have developed a flexible, easy-to-use and
connected ‘ecosystem’ that not only deploys today’s technology, but is also
ready to integrate upcoming innovations.”
Off-board, the system will promptly and securely manage in-vehicle and additional data using an architecture based on the HARMAN Ignite cloud-based platform. The system will deliver an enhanced user experience that will assist owners by predicting maintenance needs, locating fuel and charging stations, receiving traffic prompts and restaurant offers and providing live customer-care assistance at the push of a button. Vehicles can also receive over-the-air (OTA) software updates, ensuring owners benefit from new capabilities and the latest software applications.
The global platform will offer owners 4G network connectivity and support the evolution to 5G, is homologated for all regions and will integrate with any service provider around the world. The off-board system also has the capability to interact with future smart cities’ infrastructure, as well as household devices via Samsung’s “Smart Things” platform.
In addition to vehicle owners, dealers, fleet operators and service providers also will benefit from the features delivered through the new cloud-based connectivity.
On-board, the new system will be powered by Android, offering a strong, proven and intuitive app-based environment that provides fresh content via OTA updates, fast interaction and seamless wireless integration with the customer’s mobile devices. The trusted and secure system will offer owners continuous innovation and will feature updates through a built-in cellular network, allowing for new capabilities in autonomous driving initiatives, electrification and connected services.
This connected ecosystem will provide an optimal technical environment for FCA electrified vehicles, with applications such as remote battery management, smart EV trip navigator and vehicle-to-grid services. It will also support the FCA Mobility Services portfolio, including features such as pay-by-the-mile options, usage-based vehicle insurance, short-, medium- and long-term vehicle rental and peer-to-peer car sharing solutions, such as the U-Go system, recently launched by Leasys in Europe.
The key components of the system will start to rollout in phases across global regions during the second half of 2019 and all new FCA vehicles will be connected by 2022