Mobile Drive will enable a “personalized and upgradable cockpit,” with features such as biometric recognition, artificial intelligence, remote command and augmented reality, Stellantis chief software officer Yves Bonnefont said at a press conference.
Stellantis was formed from the merger of Fiat Chrysler and France’s PSA Group. Its brands include Peugeot, Dodge, Ram, Alfa Romeo, Jeep and Citroën.
While Foxconn will initially develop smart cockpit solutions for Stellantis brands, the plan is to sell the technology to other carmakers.
“The joint venture will operate as an automotive supplier, competitively bidding to supply software solutions and related hardware for Stellantis and other interested automakers,” the companies said in a statement on Tuesday.
“It is going to change the way we engineer our cars,” added Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares. “It is going to change the pace at which we engineer our cars and the frequency at which we upgrade our cars,” he said.
“The vehicle of the future will be increasingly software driven and software defined,” Foxconn chairman Liu Young-Way said on Tuesday.
— Peter Valdes-Dapena contributed reporting.