Jeep and Citroen Cars to Get Next-Gen Mobile Drive Digital Interface
Carmaker Stellantis and A Taiwanese multinational electronics contract manufacturer, Foxconn have signed a non-binding memorandum of understanding to form Mobile Drive, a 50-50 joint venture to supply advanced in-car and connected-car user experience. The Netherlands-based joint venture focuses on infotainment, telematics, and cloud service platform development. Foxconn will also bring along its subsidiary FIH Mobile Ltd. which offers design, development, and manufacturing services for smartphones and wireless communication devices.
Mobile Drive will focus on infotainment, telematics, and cloud service platform development with software innovations expected to include artificial intelligence-based applications, 5G communication, upgraded over-the-air services, e-commerce opportunities, and smart cockpit integrations. It will provide multiple screens in cars for a personalized in-cabin experience.
Carlos Tavares, CEO at Stellantis, said “Software is a strategic move for our industry and Stellantis intends to lead with Mobile Drive, a company that will enable the swift development of connectivity features and services that mark the next great evolution of our industry, just as electrification technology has.”
“The vehicles of the future will be increasingly software-driven and software-defined. Customers today and, in the future, demand and expect ever-increasing software-driven and creative solutions to connect the drivers and passengers with the vehicle inside and out. Mobile Drive will meet and exceed these expectations with teams of designers and software and hardware engineers,” said Chairman Young Liu at Foxconn.
Stellantis, Foxconn, and FIH Mobile Ltd. will combine their knowledge to create a uniform car technology that can be used across all cars under Stellantis, including car brands available in India such as Jeep and Citroen. This venture will supply in-car and connected-car technologies across the auto industry. Mobile Drive will be co-owned by both entities, and it will have a new office in the Netherlands, where Stellantis has a global office. Foxconn and Stellantis previously partnered in the development of the Airflow Vision design concept, displayed at CES®, the world’s most influential technology event.