Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is launching a new global architecture for its connected vehicle services.
The company plans to partner with Samsung’s Harman and Google’s Android platform in a system launching in the second half of this year. By 2022, all new FCA vehicles worldwide will be connected through what the company is calling its global connected vehicle ecosystem, according to a news release.
Currently, about 40% of FCA’s fleet in the United States and Canada is connected, said Ariel Gavilan, a company spokesman.
Financial terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.
“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,” Harald Wester, FCA’s chief technical officer, said in the release.
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FCA’s vehicles will continue to use the Uconnect infotainment system. The companies indicated that the partnership would expand and improve the services offered, everything from over-the-air software updates to predicting maintenance needs to interacting with smart cities infrastructure to integration with wireless devices.
“The modern, in-vehicle experience must be designed for seamless connectivity and digital content, and provide an integrated, but familiar experience for the on-the-go consumer,” Patrick Brady, Google’s vice president of engineering, said in the release.
Also this month, Ford has gone beyond its in-vehicle Sync connectivity technology by announcing it would expand on an existing relationship with Amazon Web Services in a multiyear agreement to launch a Transportation Mobility Cloud, an open-sourced platform like Apple’s IOS for vehicles giving car companies and software developers the technology infrastructure needed to provide connected services.
Ford Mobility and Autonomic chose Amazon for its global availability, and the breadth and depth of portfolio of services, including machine learning, analytics, and compute services, Ford said in a news release. The collaboration “allows additional partnership and business opportunities for automakers, public transit operators, large-scale fleet operators, and software developers.”
As the tech partner, Autonomic will work with software vendors and system integration specialists to offer vehicle connectivity services and capabilities for developing connected vehicle cloud services, which frees up time and money for the automaker.
Contact Eric D. Lawrence: email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter: @_ericdlawrence. Staff writer Phoebe Wall Howard contributed to this report.