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Qualcomm Google bringing in-vehicle experiences to Renault Group’s Mégane E-TECH

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Qualcomm Technologies announced the company will work with Google and Renault Group to design an in-vehicle experience for Renault’s next-generation electric vehicle, the new Mégane E-TECH Electric, which was unveiled at IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich.

Renault Group will utilise the 3rd Generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms to power the vehicle’s technically advanced infotainment system, which is comprised of portrait-sized touchscreen infotainment displays for audio, visual and navigational functions, bringing ease of use and comfort to drivers and passengers, Qualcomm said.

To further enhance the experience for drivers and passengers, infotainment systems in the new Mégane E-TECH Electric will come equipped with built-in Google apps and services to not only provide intelligent infotainment and in-vehicle customer applications (such as Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play), but to also keep the vehicle fresh and current with evolving digital trends with its upgradeable capabilities.

Qualcomm says the new Mégane E-TECH Electric’s stylish infotainment system aims to meet the automotive industry’s requirements and consumers’ growing demand for premium in-vehicle experiences, as well as to underscore the Mégane E-TECH Electric’s position as a highly competitive electric vehicle in the market.

The 3rd Generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms, a scalable AI based solution, are designed to transform in-vehicle experiences, supporting higher levels of compute and intelligence needed for advanced capabilities featured in next generation vehicles, including highly intuitive AI experiences for in-car virtual assistance, natural interactions between the vehicle and driver, and contextual safety use cases, Qualcomm says.

Utilising 3rd Generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms, upcoming Mégane E-TECH Electric vehicles will be designed to deliver transformative experiences for drivers and passengers, the company continues.

Renault alliance global vice president software factory Thierry Cammal said, “Digital cockpits have quickly transformed how drivers and passengers interact with their vehicles, allowing for more personalisation and enhanced comfort.

“We believe that our continued work with Google and Qualcomm Technologies is critical to redefining in-vehicle experiences, allowing us to provide advanced features and capabilities to elevate the experiences for drivers and passengers.”

“We recognise consumers’ and automakers’ increasing demands for intelligent and safe in-vehicle experiences, and we are proud to have our 3rd Generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms play a role in helping meet these needs with the Mégane E-TECH Electric vehicles,” said Qualcomm Technologies senior vice president & GM automotive Nakul Duggal.

“We look forward to extending our long-term relationships with industry leaders like Google and Renault Group to reimagine and redesign the overall experience for drivers and passengers within this new digital age.”

Qualcomm Technologies said its integrated automotive platforms, including the Snapdragon Digital Chassis, continue to grow the company’s telematics, infotainment and in-car connectivity businesses, with an order pipeline of more than $10 billion.

Qualcomm Technologies went on to say its automotive solutions combine a multitude of leading technologies, scale and experience to support the creation of advanced automotive infotainment systems. Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms from Qualcomm Technologies bring next generation technologies to automakers and Tier-1 suppliers around the globe to design and power their next-generation digital cockpit systems.

This first appeared in the subscription newsletter CommsWire on 7 September 2021.

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