Vehicle OEM Renault and Qualcomm Technologies have announced their intention to extend their strategic cooperation to Ampère, Renault’s dedicated electric and software entity.
The decision will see the duo co-developing a centralized platform architecture for the French OEM’s next-generation of software-defined electric vehicles powered by the Snapdragon Digital Chassis from Qualcomm Technologies.
The solution will help to deliver connected and intelligent in-vehicle experiences for drivers and passengers of future vehicles, with a combination of these platforms being used to support digital cockpit features, vehicle connectivity and advanced driver assistance systems.
The high-performance software defined vehicle platforms are scheduled to be available in 2026 and will be made available to Qualcomm Technologies’ automotive OEM partners. Qualcomm Technologies, or one of its affiliates, also intends to invest in Ampère.
“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,” explained Luca de Meo, CEO, Renault Group. “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.”
Cristiano Amon, president and CEO, Qualcomm, said, “Qualcomm is very proud of its relationship with the Renault Group and the expansion of our collaboration to jointly define the car of the future with leading semiconductors, software and services. We are thrilled to have our Snapdragon Digital Chassis solutions play a pivotal role in ushering in their next generation of software-defined vehicles and help accelerate the digital transformation of the automobile.”