Fiat picks Harman and Google for infotainment system

May 08, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Fiat picks Harman and Google for infotainment system
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) said it will use technologies from Samsung subsidiary Harman and Google for its Uconnect infotainment platform, available since 2003. With Google and Harman technology, FCA aims to create a technological environment for applications such as remote battery monitoring, intelligent navigation or feeding electricity from the vehicle into the grid (vehicle-to-grid) for its electrified vehicles.

Online, the system processes data from the vehicle and additional sources using the cloud-based platform Harman Ignite. The system supports vehicle owners in meeting inspection deadlines and locating filling stations or charging stations. It also displays traffic reports and points of interest such as restaurant tips. The platform makes it possible to provide the vehicle's software with updates via fast mobile radio networks and WiFi connections - using the over-the-air (OTA) method - in order to keep the vehicle and the applications of the on-board system up to date at all times.

The platform ensures connectivity in the G4 and G5 mobile radio standards, is approved worldwide and is compatible with the services of all providers. Communication with the intelligent infrastructure is thus possible online, as well as with appropriately equipped household appliances via the "Smart Things" platform from Samsung. In addition to vehicle owners, dealers, fleet managers and service providers will also benefit from the new cloud-based connectivity.

On board, the new platform is based on the Android software. The operating system is to be kept up-to-date by OTA updates. For wireless communication, FCA's new digital ecosystem includes a modem. This not only updates the software, but also provides other services such as autonomous driving, electrification and connectivity.

Uconnect will cover a broad functionality,
based on Harman's ignite platform

Other ecosystem functions include applications such as remote battery monitoring and vehicle-to-grid control. The platform also supports FCA's mobility offerings, including kilometre-based billing options, usage-based insurance rates, short-, medium- and long-term vehicle rental, and peer-to-peer car sharing programs such as the U-Go system recently launched by Leasys in Europe.

The core elements of the new system will be launched in stages in the second half of 2019. From 2022 it will be available in all new FCA vehicles. 

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