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Stellantis and Amazon partner to launch smarter cars

Stellantis and Amazon said Wednesday they will collaborate to develop cars and trucks with the US firm’s software on the dashboards, while launching electric vans made by the automaker for the retailer’s delivery network.

The agreements, announced at the CES technology conference, are comprehensive and cover software and hardware. The two firms said they will work together to develop software for the “digital cockpit” infotainment systems of Stellantis vehicles, which will begin launching in 2024.

Stellantis and other established automakers are scrambling to match Tesla’s ability to rapidly roll out new features in its vehicles and revenue-generating subscription services using cloud software.

Stellantis said it will use Amazon’s Alexa technology for voice-controlled functions, “navigation, vehicle maintenance, e-commerce marketplaces and payment services.” Amazon will also help Stellantis accelerate the development of new digital products and “upskill Stellantis’s global workforce.”

Stellantis and other established automakers are scrambling to match Tesla’s ability to rapidly roll out new features in its vehicles and revenue-generating subscription services using cloud software.

As part of the partnership, Stellantis will use Amazon as its “cloud provider of choice” to provide the mobile network and computing power that future vehicles will need.

As part of what Stellantis called a separate deal, Amazon will be the first customer for the automaker’s new line of electric delivery vans, due to launch in 2023.

In May, Stellantis agreed with iPhone assembler Foxconn to create a joint venture to supply technologies to the automotive industry.

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