Amazon and car maker Stellantis will collaborate to develop software for the infotainment system in the manufacturer’s cars starting in 2024. This program will receive support for Alexa. Additionally, Stellantis will provide electric delivery trucks to Amazon.
From 2024, the Stellaantis car brands’ infotainment systems will include dashboard software that the two companies will jointly develop, the manufacturer said. Advertised at CES. . This software uses Alexa for voice control, navigation, vehicle maintenance, e-commerce, and payments. Stellantis is the parent company of Jeep, Chrysler and Dodge, among others, but also of Fiat, Citroën, Opel and Peugeot.
Currently, the manufacturer’s cars are still equipped with Android. Stellantis CSO Yves Bonnefont He told Reuters The use of Android cars will “evolve” in the future. The software package that the two will develop together is called STLA SmartCockpit, and uses artificial intelligence applications for entertainment and navigation, among other things. Stellantis announced the SmartCockpit in December.
STLA SmartCockpit will use Amazon products and apps, and will have its own app store. What the infotainment system will do varies by car brand, but it must learn from users’ behavior and interests. In Chrysler Pacifica cars, for example, it can make suggestions for media, places of interest, restaurants and stores along the road as you drive, and Jeep gets a digital “off-road coach” that helps with driving over inhospitable terrain.
The infotainment system will also be integrated with Amazon’s smart home systems, so users can monitor their homes on the go, and even be able to set certain things in their cars from home via Alexa. For example, they can set the temperature from home, so the driver doesn’t get into a cold car, and users can schedule a maintenance appointment from home.
Stellantis will use Amazon Web Services as a cloud provider for their fleet of vehicles. In addition to AWS’ use of the infotainment system, the two also want to collaborate on the development of autonomous driving using AWS. In addition, Stellantis transfers the entire automotive data pipeline to an AWS-based data network. Finally, Amazon will start using Stellaantis electric trucks, the Ram ProMaster-BEV, in the United States starting in 2023.
Chrysler Airflow concept car. This infotainment system will be powered on the STLA SmartCockpit in the future. (Photo: Stylantis)