Groupe PSA and Huawei unveil their first connected vehicle

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Equipped with Huawei technology, the DS 7 Crossback is the first Groupe PSA vehicle to use the French firm’s Connected Vehicle Modular Platform (CVMP).

Groupe PSA built its CVMP using Huawei’s OceanConnect IoT platform, which enables customers to access services such as connected navigation, natural language voice recognition and a connected service portal via the vehicle’s dashboard screen. The vehicle’s maintenance status and the history of journeys and driving styles are also accessible from the customer’s smartphone.

New services will be added later, among them infotainment services, remote software updates and navigation mapping, personal assistant, remote vehicle diagnostic and maintenance functions, and services useful for car hire companies, fleet managers and car sharing operators.

The OceanConnect IoT platform underpins Huawei’s Connected Car Solution, designed to develop connected cars, smart homes and smart cities, giving users access to an array of services aimed at facilitating daily life. All digital interactions between the car and the cloud are secure; customer and car data are encrypted, and their integrity, authenticity and confidentiality are guaranteed.

Jean Leflour, senior vice president, connected vehicle and services architecture strategy, Groupe PSA, said, “By deploying its new platform connecting the vehicle to the Internet of Things, Groupe PSA enriches its service offering and makes mobility easier for all its customers. With Huawei, well known for its innovation capacity, we are pleased to show the first tangible result of our partnership, providing our customers with a new experience enabled by the CVMP.”

DS 7 Crossback, unveiled in March 2018, is the first of the second generation of DS vehicles, known for French luxury know-how and high technology. Already equipped with a variety of innovative driving assistance features, a new E-Tense 4×4 300hp petrol hybrid version will follow in 2019.

Leon He, head of Huawei Enterprise Business Group’s automotive industry business unit, commented, “The key to successful digital transformation of car manufacturers is to build a digital cloud platform. Based on the platform, car manufacturers, ecosystem developers, and industry application partners can jointly sell vehicle products and services across countries in the global market and provide personalized travel services to car owners and users.”

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