Stellantis has big plans for the future and it involves digital cockpits in its up-and-coming vehicles judging by how the auto group has teamed up with Taiwanese company Foxconn.
Stellantis and Foxconn he two formed a joint venture to form Mobile Drive. The partnership is important because Foxconn is known for manufacturing a lot of very significant and successful products, including the Apple iPhone.
Mobile Drive will operate as a parts supplier, but it will not be exclusive to Stellantis and its brands. The newly formed company will be free to supply its products to other rival automakers. Some of the specific software and technology mentioned include artificial intelligence-based applications, 5G communication, upgraded over-the-air services, e-commerce opportunities, and smart cockpit integrations.
“Mobile Drive will combine Stellantis’ global vehicle design and engineering expertise with Foxconn’s global development in the rapidly changing software and hardware realms of smartphones and consumer electronics. The combination will position Mobile Drive at the forefront of global efforts to deliver a new frontier of in-cabin information and entertainment capabilities, seamlessly connected inside and outside the vehicles in which they are installed,” the company said in a statement.
This won't be the first time Stellantis (Fiat Chrysler Automobiles at the time) and Foxconn have partnered up. Before the merger with the PSA Groupe, the FCA and Foxconn worked on the Airflow Vision concept. The concept debuted at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and previewed the upcoming design direction of upcoming models. More importantly, it had one of the most futuristic cabins ever.
Apart from Mobile Drive, Stellantis and Foxconn have not announced any other form of cooperation yet. They have yet to release a sample of what the dashboards will look like. But, we can expect it to be similar to the Airflow Vision Concept. With that in mind, expect more screens everywhere, like lots of it.