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FCA Teams up with Harman-Samsung and Google to Develop Connected Ecosystem
Teaming up with Harman-Samsung and Google, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles plans to develop a flexible, easy-to-use connected ecosystem that is ready to integrate upcoming innovations. The collaboration expects to provide a whole new level of customized and personalized services in the expanding car share industry in an unprecedented way.
Off-board, the connected system will promptly and securely manage in-vehicle and additional data usage using the Harman Ignite cloud-based platform. The system promises to deliver enhanced user experiences that will help owners by predicting maintenance requirements, locating fuel and changing stations, receiving traffic prompts and restaurant offers and live customer care assistance at the push of a button. The new system will incorporate over the air update capabilities eventually to communicate with smart city infrastructures and will be equipped with 4G network connectivity and support 5G. Dealers, fleet operators, and service providers also can take advantage of the features delivered through the new cloud-based connectivity other than vehicle owners.
The global platform will be powered by Android, offering reliable, proven, and natural app-based environment that offers fresh content through OTA updates, fast interaction and seamless wireless integration with user’s mobile devices. The trusted and secure platform will provide continuous innovation and will feature updates through built-in cellular networks, allowing for new capabilities in autonomous driving initiatives, electrification, and connected services.
For FCA electrified vehicles with applications including remote battery management, smart EV trip navigator and vehicle-to-grid services, the connected ecosystem will provide an optimal technical environment. It will also aid the FCA Mobility Services portfolio, including features such as pay-by-the-mile options, usage-based vehicle insurance, short-, and medium- and long-term vehicle rental and peer-to-peer car sharing solutions. The components of the system will start to uprise across global regions from the second half of 2019, and by 2022 all new FCA vehicles will be connected.
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