FCA's Android-based infotainment system to arrive on all new vehicles by 2022by Justin King
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has detailed its roadmap for a new connected 'ecosystem,' launching an Android-based infotainment system and cloud features later this year.
The automaker will use Samsung-owned Harman's cloud-based platform to power remote maintenance checks, charging station lookup, live traffic alerts, live customer assistance, and over-the-air software updates.
The system will also be designed to interact with vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) technologies and household devices via Samsung's Smart Things platform.
Inside the car, drivers will benefit from a new Uconnect system that runs Google's automotive Android operating system.
"The trusted and secure system will offer owners continuous innovation and will feature updates through a built-in cellular network, allowing for new capabilities in autonomous driving initiatives, electrification and connected services," FCA says.
The platforms will allow FCA to roll out additional mobility services with pay-by-the-mile options, usage-based insurance, peer-to-peer car sharing, and vehicle rentals.
The technology will begin arriving in phases starting in the second half of the year, eventually encompassing all of FCA's new vehicles by 2022.