© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Stellantis sign seen in front of its headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA, June 10, 2021. REUTERS / Rebecca Cook
Authors Joseph White and Gilles Guillaume
(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc. (NASDAQ 🙂 and Stellantis NV said Wednesday they will collaborate on car and truck development with Amazon software on dashboards, and install Stellantis electric vans on Amazon’s supply network.
The agreements expand Amazon’s efforts to gain a foothold in the transportation industry and could help Stellantis close the gap with Tesla (NASDAQ 🙂 Inc. in developing vehicles with sophisticated, software-powered cloud-related infotainment features.
The agreements between Stellantis and Amazon, online retail and the power of cloud computing, announced in connection with the CES technology conference, are a wide range, including software and hardware.
Amazon and Stellantis said they would work together to develop software for Stellantis’ digital cockpit “digital cockpit infotainment systems to be launched in 2024. Stellantis said it would use Amazon’s Alexa technology for voice functions,” navigation, vehicle maintenance, e- market trade and payment services. ”
Amazon will also help Stellantis accelerate the development of new digital products and “improve Stellantis’ global workforce.” Stellantis and other established carmakers are trying to match Tesla’s ability to quickly implement new vehicle features and revenue-generating subscription services using software delivered wirelessly.
As part of the partnership, Stellantis will use Amazon as its “preferred cloud provider” to provide the mobile network and computing power that future vehicles will need.
According to what Stellantis said is a special contract, Amazon will be the first buyer of Stellantis’ new line of electric delivery vans, which will be launched in 2023.
Amazon has a preliminary contract to purchase up to 100,000 electric vans from startup Rivian Automotive.
In May, Stellantis agreed with iPhone assembler Foxconn to create a joint venture to deliver in-car technology and related cars to the automotive industry.
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