Qualcomm and Google to cooperate on infotainment system for latest Renault EV

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Qualcomm says it is to work alongside Google and Renault Group to design the infotainment system for Renault’s next-generation EV, the Mégane E-TECH Electric.

The French car manufacturer will utilize Qualcomm’s third-generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platform to power the vehicle’s infotainment system. Portrait-sized touchscreen infotainment displays will provide users with audio, visual and navigational functions.

The system will feature built-in Google apps and services such as Google Assistant, Google Maps and Google Play, alongside other infotainment.

The third-generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platform is said to be the automotive sector’s first scalable artificial intelligence (AI)-based solution. Qualcomm says it has designed the system to support the higher levels of compute, intelligence and advanced capabilities expected from next-gen vehicles. The system is set to include AI for in-car virtual assistance, interactions between the vehicle and driver, and for safety uses. Furthermore, the Mégane E-TECH Electric’s digital cockpit will be powered by Android Automotive OS (AAOS).

“Digital cockpits have quickly transformed how drivers and passengers interact with their vehicles, allowing for more personalization and enhanced comfort,” commented Thierry Cammal, Alliance Global vice president at 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.”

“We recognize consumers’ and auto makers’ increasing demands for intelligent and safe in-vehicle experiences, and we are proud to have our third-generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platform play a role in helping meet these needs with the Mégane E-TECH Electric vehicles,” added Nakul Duggal, senior vice president and general manager, automotive, at Qualcomm Technologies.

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