Qualcomm and Google merged to develop a chip for the Renault Megane E-Tech Electricdigital dashboard, the French automaker’s next-generation electric car. The processor from Qualcomm for the infotainment system will run on software from Google.
The companies said they are building a scalable artificial intelligence (AI)-based system for the automotive industry on the 3rd generation Automotive Cockpit platform.
The infotainment system in the Megane E-Tech Electric will feature built-in Google apps and services, including voice assistant, maps and Google Play. It includes portrait-sized touchscreens for audio, visual and navigation functions.
Qualcomm says the Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit 3rd Generation is designed to transform the in-car experience, supporting the higher levels of computing and intelligence needed for advanced capabilities. Drivers will have access to intuitive AI capabilities for virtual assistance.
The digital cockpit in the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric runs the Android Automotive Operating System (AAOS). It includes the new OpenR display and the OpenR Link multimedia system. The OpenR as an inverted L has a digital dashboard and center console multimedia screen. The display has a display area of : 321 cm² for the 12.3-inch dashboard screen (1920 x 720 pixels, landscape orientation) and 453 cm² for the 12-inch multimedia screen (1250 x 1562 pixels, portrait orientation). The entry-level model features a 9-inch multimedia screen (1250 x 834 pixels).
The system provides advanced connectivity with USB-C ports, onboard security technology, and ADAS. OpenR can be used as a tablet. The system has voice recognition. It receives and displays notifications and allows you to switch between menu bars (Navigation, Music, Phone, Apps, Car) at the top of the screen.
OpenR Link updates automatically with FOTA (Firmware Over-The-Air) technology.
Megane E-Tech Electric introduced at IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich.
Its range on a single charge can reach 470 km. The electric car is built on the CMF-EV Renault-Nissan architecture. The Pegane E-Tech will have a 60 kWh battery with a thickness of 110 mm.
The other day, Xiaomi officially registered a division that will develop electric cars. Previously, the company announced about its takeover of Deepmotion, a startup that developed autonomous driving systems.
Meanwhile, South Korean manufacturer Genesis is preparing to release GV60 electric car with wireless charging that will charge the battery in about 6 hours instead of 10 hours like a conventional one. The supplier of the technology will be the American firm WiTricity, which has already shown similar developments.