Qualcomm Snaps Up Another Automaker in Renault

Qualcomm follows up its Volkswagen roll-out and its inclusion in the new Volvo EX90 BEV with the latest announcement that it will collaborate in developing future Renault connected cars.

Known as software-defined vehicle (SDV) platforms, the high-performance systems would be based on the company’s Snapdragon Digital Chassis solutions and support digital cockpit, connectivity and ADAS functions for Renault vehicles. The companies also announced that Qualcomm Technologies, or one of its affiliates, will also be investing in the Renault Group’s dedicated electric and software company, known as Ampere.

From 2026, Renault vehicles will use the SDV platform, including new generations of the Snapdragon Digital Chassis, designed to power new Android cockpits. It will also centralize other vehicle functions, such as ADAS, body, chassis, telematics, connectivity, Power Line Communications (PLC), safety and cyber-security in the Physical Computer Unit (PCU). This is in a bid to reduce hardware and software costs, allowing connection to the Physical Interface Unit (PIU), which provides the zonal interface with the vehicle’s actuators.

Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault Group, said: “From the mobile to the car with advanced and revolutionary technology, the Software Defined Vehicle is the future of the automotive industry: it is about meeting expectations in terms of functionality and services while controlling complexity and costs. Renault Group is strengthening its strategic collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies, a major mobile and automotive technology player, to bring the first open and horizontal Software Defined Vehicle platform to the automotive market. The combination of Renault Group’s expertise in automotive technology and Qualcomm Technologies’ proven leadership in the high-performance low power semiconductors, software and systems platforms will enable us to provide a scalable, competitive and innovative software-defined vehicle platform foundation to drive the services ecosystem and deliver value to our customers.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in Europe. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_

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