Fiat Chrysler Chooses Harman and Google for Global Connected Car System

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announced it will use Harman and Google technologies to create a new connected vehicle system that will be used by all of its vehicles across the globe. It will include an off-board system based on Harman (Samsung) technologies and an on-board system that is Android-based.

The off-board system will securely manage data using a cloud-based platform. This will improve the ownership experience by offering information on needed maintenance, the locations of gas stations or chargers for electric vehicles, and information like nearby restaurants with a live representative at the press of a button. The system will also allow for over-the-air software updates.

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Initially, the global platform will include 4G connectivity, but it is fully capable of supporting 5G as technology evolves. Not only will this system work worldwide and communicate information to the driver, it will also be able to communicate with the smart cities of the future. Even household devices are included in the connectivity mix via Samsung’s Smart Things platform.

The on-board system will be powered by Android to provide an intuitive experience for the user. It will be app-based with continually improving content thanks to over-the-air updates, wireless integration, and fast response times. Again, as technologies evolve, the system will be able to accommodate new autonomous driving technologies, connected services, and electrification.

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As FCA works to add electrified vehicles to its lineup, applications will include remote battery management, trip navigation, and vehicle-to-grid services. Even mobility services such as usage-based insurance, vehicle rentals, and car sharing will be looped into the system.

The first phase of this new connectivity will roll out in the second half of 2019. FCA expects to have the system fully in place by 2022.