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The Digital Chassis is the future of automotive and chipmaker Qualcomm is well positioned to deliver it – TechCrunch

In September 1882, Thomas Edison flipped a switch at his Pearl Street Station and supplied electricity to 3,000 light bulbs in lower Manhattan, unleashing a revolution of interconnected technology. Nearly a century and a half later, 5G is on the cusp of a similarly transformative moment, ushering in a new era where everything and everyone will be connected and driving a digital transformation of all industries, in every corner of the world.

This digital transformation is on a scale we’ve never seen before, and 5G is the key ingredient driving it. Unlike the Gs before it, 5G is the first generation of mobile technology designed to go beyond the smartphone. They are networks for all devices and industries, from computers and XR headsets to factories and farms.

No sector will be left untouched, including the automotive sector, which is already in the midst of its digital transformation. Car manufacturers are phasing out the internal combustion engine. They connect the car with other cars and its environment. And to support this, they integrate cutting-edge technologies such as always-connected, high-performance, energy-efficient systems that completely transform the driving experience.

The future was mapped out for car drivers, journalists and opinion leaders at this year’s IAA Mobility in Munich. Cristiano Amon, president and CEO of Qualcomm, delivered a keynote address on the main stage, explaining how 5G and advanced technologies will change the automotive industry.

Amon speaks of the vision of a digital chassis when he talks about the range of technologies and solutions designed in the car. Technologies that enable a digital cockpit, expand telematics capabilities, enable automakers to offer car-to-cloud services over-the-air after the point of sale, and set us on the path to greater autonomy.

Think of the digital cockpit as the brain of the vehicle: the hub that delivers advanced entertainment experiences, new services and enhanced safety in a transformed driving experience. Driver-friendly interfaces control streaming content, digital personalization and customizable settings, creating a fully customized environment.

Telematics goes beyond directions. When 5G is more fully integrated into the things around us, cars will begin to interact with traffic lights, road signs, pedestrians and cyclists, increasing both safety and energy efficiency. In fact, the car will be one of many things that make up the connected intelligent edge, working together with the cloud and other devices to promote an information exchange that enables artificial intelligence to drive real-time driving. to fit.

To date, for most cars, once the car has been driven off the lot, the sale is over. But once the car is plugged in, car manufacturers can continue to provide subscription services such as roadside assistance, software updates, video streaming, upgrades or provide new features based on customer needs. These car-to-cloud services will bring new revenue streams to the automotive industry and enhance the driving experience. In fact, we heard Mary Barra, CEO of GM, see this as a major growth opportunity for them in the coming years.

Finally, Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS) are designed to increase driver safety while operating the vehicle. Solutions that scale from entry level, such as lane departure warning systems, adaptive cruise control and high beam protection to fully autonomous driving.

Amon speaks of a digital chassis not only as a theoretical one, but as something that is becoming reality today. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Digital Chassis is a one-stop shop for the automotive industry. With the Snapdragon Digital Chassis, automakers have access to a full suite of technology for creating connected and intelligent vehicles that are highly adaptable, experiential and upgradeable, redefining modern vehicles and consumer expectations.

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Amon went so far as to note, “Our approach to the digital Snapdragon chassis is really to replicate in the automotive industry what we’ve been doing in mobile for decades, which is to create a platform that’s horizontal and that’s robust. , build sustainable ecosystems.”

To further validate their commitment, Qualcomm and SSW Partners have just reached a definitive agreement to acquire Veoneer. This acquisition enhances Qualcomm’s ability to create a leading horizontal, open and competitive ADAS platform for the global automotive industry.

While Qualcomm is best known for its mobile technology, it is no newcomer to the automotive industry. The company has partnered with automakers since 2004, providing 3G and 4G chips for streaming and on-board telematics, connecting cars to the cloud and providing computing solutions for a wide variety of vehicles. But the next decade will be even busier: It already has working relationships with 23 of the 26 major auto brands, with a 10-year pipeline of $10 billion.

If there aren’t enough reasons for the auto industry to embrace its own digital transformation, environmental sustainability is another. It is well known that electric vehicles are revolutionizing the road, minimizing fossil fuel emissions, increasing efficiency and helping in the fight against climate change. The electric vehicle movement is environmentally friendly, technologically revolutionary and an economic engine. The digital chassis provides an energy-efficient platform for the transition to electric vehicles. The integration of 5G holds a similar promise, enabling smarter, safer, greener and more efficient transportation. As Qualcomm recently announced in their 5G Sustainability report, “optimized use of lane management systems and traffic management systems powered by C-V2x can deliver up to 20% fuel savings.” The 5G connection is the gateway to a better future.

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