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Qualcomm, Google collaborate on next-gen cockpit systems for Renault ‘s e-vehicle

Qualcomm Technologies, Google, and Renault Group will collaborate to design a rich and immersive in-vehicle experience for Renault’s next-generation electric vehicle, the new Mégane E-TECH Electric.

The vehicle was unveiled at IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich. Qualcomm Technologies’ 3rd Generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms will 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.

Infotainment systems in the new Mégane E-TECH Electric will have a 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.

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.

As the automotive industry’s first-announced scalable artificial intelligence (AI)-based solution, the 3rd Generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms support 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.

The Mégane E-TECH Electric’s digital cockpit is powered by Android Automotive Operating System (AAOS), utilizing Google’s technology to bring a new level of intelligence into their vehicles. With Google built-in, the Mégane E-TECH Electric will also feature hands-free help from Google Assistant, positionally precise navigational maps with Google Maps, as well as a rich ecosystem of automotive applications and services on Google Play that are connected and upgradeable.

“Digital cockpits have quickly transformed how drivers and passengers interact with their vehicles, allowing for more personalization and enhanced comfort,” said Thierry Cammal, Alliance Global Vice President Renault Software Factory. “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.”

Meanwhile, Nakul Duggal, senior vice president & GM, automotive, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc said, “We recognize 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,”

Qualcomm Technologies’ 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’ automotive solutions combine a multitude of leading technologies, scale and experience to support the creation of advanced automotive infotainment systems.