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Automaker Stellantis to use Qualcomm tech in its vehicles

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Automaker Stellantis has signed a multiyear deal to use Qualcomm’s nextgenera­tion connected-car technology in its vehicle lineup, the companies said on Thursday.

Fourteen Stellantis brands, including Peugeot, Fiat and Jeep, will use Qualcomm’s vehicle cockpit and 5G telematics technology starting in 2024 with the Maserati brand being the first out the gate, said the companies, which did not disclose the deal value.

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 automakers are working directly with chip makers rather than just relying on their other suppliers to act as a go-between.

“If you go back even a couple of years, it was quite uncommon for (automakers) to make a decision like this,” Duggal said. “This is now becoming much more common.”

He 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 selfdrivin­g capabiliti­es in addition to cockpit and telematic technology. But the deal with Stellantis this time does not include that newer offering.

Qualcomm said that since it first unveiled its driver assistance and self-driving system - called Snapdragon Ride - in 2020, its automotive business deal pipeline has increased to $13 billion last year from $3 billion in 2017.

In a statement the two companies said the in-car communicat­ion and infotainme­nt systems for Stellantis is being designed and engineered together with tech giant Amazon. com and Taiwanese manufactur­ing company Foxconn.

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