FCA Selects Harman and Google for new global connected vehicle ecosystem
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced that it will use Harman (Samsung) and Google technologies to deliver a new ecosystem intended to enhance the connected life of FCA vehicle owners globally.
Off-board, the system will manage in-vehicle and additional data using an architecture based on the Harman Ignite cloud-based platform. The system reportedly 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.
The global platform will offer owners 4G network connectivity and support the transition to 5G, is homologated for all regions, and will reportedly 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.
On-board, the new system will be powered by Android to offer OTA updates, fast interaction, and wireless integration with the customer's mobile devices. The system will offer owners updates through a built-in cellular network, allowing for new capabilities in autonomous driving initiatives, electrification, and connected services.
FCA says this connected ecosystem will provide an optimal technical environment for its 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 roll out in phases across global regions during the second half of 2019, and all new FCA vehicles are expected to be connected by 2022.