Wednesday, 27 January 2021 10:38

Qualcomm to make range of SoCs for use in General Motors' vehicles

Nakul Duggal, senior vice-president and general manager, automotive, Qualcomm Technologies. Nakul Duggal, senior vice-president and general manager, automotive, Qualcomm Technologies. Supplied

Chipmaker Qualcomm Technologies has announced that it will make a number of different SoCs for use in the next generation of automobiles manufactured by General Motors.

The company said in a statement that it was working with GM to power digital cockpits, next-generation telematics systems and future advanced driver assistance systems.

GM plans to use third-generation Snapdragon automotive cockpit platforms to provide immersive in-vehicle experiences and AI-enabled in-car virtual assistance, interactions between the driver and the vehicle and contextual safety use cases.

“Qualcomm Technologies and General Motors have a strong track record of delivering innovative solutions to our customers,” said Dan Nicholson, GM vice-president Global Electrification, Controls, Software and Electronics.

“Bolstering our relationship is key to leading the industry through a time of unprecedented growth in vehicle and infrastructure technology.”

“GM is a leading technology pioneer in the automotive industry. We are thrilled to be at the heart GM’s automotive fleet as the industry embarks on the next generation of mobility with highly advanced digital cockpit, telematics and ADAS,” said Nakul Duggal, senior vice-president and general manager, automotive, Qualcomm Technologies.


The new Snapdragon Ride hardware module. Supplied

“We look forward to continuing our work with GM to define the future of intelligent and connected vehicles.”

Qualcomm also announced its driver-assistance computer, which is known as Snapdragon Ride, would feature in a production vehicle in 2022. No manufacturer or vehicle was specified.

Ride has sufficient computing power to handle self-driving in some vehicles.

In a third announcement, Qualcomm said it would partner with Veoneer’s software unit Arriver to build self-driving hardware and software for car manufacturers. The company will also sell its hardware to those who want to write their own code.

The next generation of automotive chips will be able use Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant in vehicles if integrated.

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