Qualcomm recently announced that it has closed new partnerships with manufacturers and the opening of a new software engineering office in Berlin, Germany, to support European customers of the latest version of its Snapdragon Digital Chassis platform.
In a statement, Enrico Salvatori, senior vice president and president of Europe/MEA and Qualcomm Europe, said that “The opening of the office is further evidence of the company’s commitment to bringing new and exciting technologies to the automotive sector”.
The Snapdragon Digital Chassis platform is a set of cloud-connected technologies that automakers can fully adopt into their vehicles or parts. It includes items like the platform snapdragon ride, which offers advanced driver assistance systems and autonomous driving, the platform Auto Connectivity, for connectivity services via 4G LTE or 5G networks, cellular network between vehicles (C-V2X), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and precise positioning. It also includes the newest generation of Snapdragon Cockpit, which is basically a digital cockpit and an infotainment (or infotainment) system.
According to Qualcomm, orders for its integrated automotive platforms, including Digital Chassis, already total more than $13 billion. Volvo is already one of many manufacturers to integrate the Snapdragon platform into their vehicles. Volvo’s upcoming all-electric SUV and Polestar 3 SUV will be powered by Qualcomm’s digital cockpit, which uses Google’s Android operating system, and a suite of wireless technologies to support Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The manufacturer expects to launch vehicles with these features later this year.
Honda also confirmed that it plans to bring Qualcomm’s digital cockpit to new vehicles for the first time. These new vehicles should be commercially available in the United States as of the second half of 2022. As of 2023, they should also be available in other countries.
In the case of Renault, last September it had said it was planning to integrate Qualcomm’s digital cockpit into its Mégane E-Tech electric vehicle. Now the company has confirmed that it has expanded its partnership with Qualcomm to make use of the full Snapdragon Digital Chassis suite, which includes connectivity features and the Snapdragon Ride platform.
“Qualcomm Technologies understands automakers’ needs for uniqueness and differentiation, as well as the tremendous opportunity to redefine the automotive and transportation business model. The Snapdragon Digital Chassis suite allows its platforms to be continually updated with new features after vehicle purchase , while enabling the automaker to create new features and services for better customer engagement and service-based business models.”
— Nakul Duggal, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Automotive, Qualcomm
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