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FCA selects Samsung and Google for new project

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Automobile company Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has selected HARMAN (Samsung) and Google Technologies for its new global connected vehicle “Ecosystem”.

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)has announced that it will utilise HARMAN (Samsung) and Google technologies to deliver a new “ecosystem” that will enhance the connected life of FCA vehicle owners globally.

The new system has been designed to promptly and securely manage in-vehicle and additional data using an architecture based on the HARMAN Ignite cloud-based platform.

The company states that the system will aim to deliver an enhanced user experience that will 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 the button. Vehicles will also receive over-the-air (OTA) software updates.

The global platform will offer owners 4G network connectivity and support the evolution to 5G, is homologated for all regions and will integrate with any service provider around the world.

The FCA system intends to 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.

Harald Wester, Chief Technical Officer, FCA said, ‘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.’

‘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,’ said Patrick Brady, Vice President of Engineering at Google.

 
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