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FCA Selects HARMAN (Samsung) And Google Technologies For New Global Connected Vehicle ‘Ecosystem’

This new connected “ecosystem” will begin to launch in the second half of 2019 and will be featured on all new FCA vehicles worldwide by 2022.

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Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. has announced it will use HARMAN (Samsung) and Google technologies to deliver a new “ecosystem” that will enhance the connected life of FCA vehicle owners globally.

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Off-board, the system will manage in-vehicle and additional data using an architecture based on the HARMAN Ignite cloud-based platform. FCA says the system will deliver an enhanced user experience that will assist owners by predicting maintenance needs, locating fuel and charging stations, receiving traffic prompts and restaurant offers and providing live customer-care assistance at the push of a button. Vehicles also can receive over-the-air (OTA) software updates, to ensure they benefit from the latest software applications.

The global platform will offer owners 4G network connectivity and support the evolution to 5G. It is homologated for all regions and will integrate with any service provider around the world, according to FCA. The off-board system also has the capability to interact with future smart cities’ infrastructure, as well as household devices via Samsung’s “Smart Things” platform.

In addition to vehicle owners, dealers, fleet operators and service providers also will benefit from the features delivered through the new cloud-based connectivity, says FCA.

This connected ecosystem will provide an optimal technical environment for FCA electrified vehicles, with applications such as remote battery management, smart EV trip navigator and vehicle-to-grid services. It also will support the FCA Mobility Services portfolio, including features such as pay-by-the-mile options, usage-based vehicle insurance, short-, medium- and long-term vehicle rental and peer-to-peer car sharing solutions, such as the U-Go system, recently launched by Leasys in Europe.

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The key components of the system will start to rollout in phases across global regions during the second half of 2019 and all new FCA vehicles will be connected by 2022.  

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