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June-August 2019

Fiat Chrysler commits to Android for connected vehicles

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has undertaken to power its on-board Uconnect vehicle platform using technology from Google and Samsung to deliver enhanced connected vehicle capabilities across all its new vehicle models by 2022. The enhancements to the Uconnect platform – which has been around since 2003 – will be powered by Google’s Android operating system (OS), bringing a proven and familiar app-based environment to drivers, with over the air (OTA) updates and faster interaction and integration with passenger devices. The Uconnect system architecture will now be based on Samsung’s Harman Ignite cloud platform, which will securely manage internal and external data, delivering new features to drivers, such as predictive maintenance, customer care assistance, traffic news and location services for fuel or charging. Drivers will also get 4G network connectivity and support for future 5G evolution, with the idea that, eventually, the system will be able to interact with smart city and smart highway infrastructure, and even ...

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