Stellantis and Qualcomm Technologies has signed a multi-year technology collaboration agreement that will see the latest Snapdragon Digital Chassis advancements delivering intelligent, customisable and immersive in-vehicle experiences to millions of vehicles across Stellantis’ brands beginning in 2024.

By leveraging the Snapdragon Cockpit Platforms and 5G capabilities for telematics systems, Stellantis will be able to better address evolving customer expectations for personalised and cutting-edge experiences that will be continually upgradeable.

This agreement will support Stellantis’ plan to merge all software domains into High Performance Computers, leveraging the low-power Snapdragon Automotive Platforms across all its major vehicle domains as well as securing the company’s supply chain on strategic components.

“Our technology collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies is another example of how we are identifying industry leaders to work alongside our internal teams as we transform our vehicles through a software-defined approach,” said Carlos Tavares, Stellantis CEO.  “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.”

Commenting Cristiano Amon, President and CEO, Qualcomm added, “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.”

Stellantis said that it 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.

Snapdragon Cockpit Platforms have been engineered to deliver high-definition graphics to touch and voice-controlled cockpit console, but to also deliver a fully immersive in-cabin experience, enabling premium audio and crystal-clear voice communications throughout the vehicle’s cabin.

Snapdragon Cockpit Platforms will also be used to enhance STLA Brain, bringing a new level of digital intelligence for convenience and safety, and helping to enhance the in-vehicle personal assistant capabilities with highly intuitive artificial intelligence (AI) features, which includes:

  • Over-the-air (OTA) updates that will allow the vehicle to naturally evolve and improve over time by being constantly updated, upgraded and enhanced, as well as features on demand and instant vehicle upgrades, such as additional horsepower or drive modes
  • Personalised experiences, leveraging AI to adapt to a wide variety of customer preferences
  • Improved user experiences, thanks to faster communication with connected features and higher computation power to support future upgrades
  • Continuous new services and solutions
  • Improved ownership experiences with diagnostics and repair completed over the air for all major vehicle systems

The first application will be in the Maserati brand to power the next generation Stellantis infotainment system.