Get ready for the STLA SmartCockpit.
Stellantis and Amazon have just made a major announcement at this year's CES in Las Vegas. The two companies are teaming up for the carmaker's next-generation STLA SmartCockpit, launching in 2024. The carmaker has also chosen Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its primary cloud provider for all vehicle software platforms.
This multi-year deal aims to transform the in-vehicle experience for millions of Stellantis drivers and passengers. It'll also help advance the global carmaker's transition towards "a sustainable, software-defined future." The agreement also includes Amazon Devices and Amazon Last Mile. Basically, customers will be getting an Alexa-like experience for things like voice assistance.
The software will further offer curated services and other experiences via an app store owners can access through an adaptive user interface. The SmartCockpit can even adapt to human behaviors and interests. Chrysler Pacifica owners, for example, could receive a family trip planner with recommendations regarding media content, restaurants, and other kid-friendly tourist attractions. Jeep owners, meanwhile, could get a digital off-road "coach" to help calibrate the vehicle and improve performance while off-roading. Cool.
The STLA SmartCockpit is also capable of integrating Alexa-enabled home devices and/or smartphone apps. For example, Alexa can be used to prepare a vehicle's cabin prior to departure, schedule regular service trips, and even order vehicle-related accessories.
The just-revealed Chrysler Airflow concept actually shows the STLA SmartCockpit software on the main touchscreen and on the seatbacks for the benefit of rear passengers. Video calls are also possible. In related news, Amazon will be the first commercial customer for the new Ram ProMaster BEV, due in 2023. This will further help Amazon expand its delivery network capabilities.
"By leveraging artificial intelligence and cloud solutions, we will transform our vehicles into personalized living spaces and enhance the overall customer experience, making our vehicles the most wanted, most captivating place to be, even when not driving," said Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares.
This collaboration will not only benefit future Stellantis vehicles and customers, but also the next generation of automotive software engineers and developers.