FILE PHOTO: A view shows the logo of Stellantis at the entrance of the company’s factory in Hordain, France, July 7, 2021. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo
December 7, 2021
MILAN (Reuters) -Stellantis plans to generate around 4 billion euros ($4.5 billion) in additional annual revenue by 2026 and around 20 billion euros by 2030 from software-enabled products and subscriptions, the carmaker said on Tuesday.
Software is playing an increasing role in vehicles, managing electric motors and batteries, and set-up and support for a wide range of functions such as autonomous driving, entertainment and navigation.
Investors are also evaluating automakers’ software capabilities, which include improving vehicle battery performance and strategies for gathering, interpreting and monetising data coming from cars.
Presenting its long-term software strategy, Stellantis said it expected to have 34 million connected vehicles on the streets by 2030 from 12 million now.
U.S. electric car maker Tesla is widely seen as having a lead in software capability, while legacy automakers are scrambling to catch up.
Among them, investors and analysts see Stellantis as lagging the likes of Volkswagen and General Motors in making investments in advanced technology.
Earlier this year Ford hired the former head of Apple’s car project, Doug Field, to lead its advanced technology and embedded systems efforts, while France’s Renault is teaming up with Google to help design its infotainment systems.
Starting from 2024, Stellantis, the world’s fourth largest carmaker, said it would deploy three new technological platforms powered by artificial intelligence, to be named STLA Brain, STLA SmartCockpit, and STLA AutoDrive.
Chief Software Officer Yves Bonnefont said these would “certainly” match competitors’ most advanced platforms.
“This is something that will put Stellantis among the leaders, if not the leader, in software and electronics,” he said.
Investments for software development are included in Stellantis’ plan, announced earlier this year, to invest more than 30 billion euros through 2025 to execute its electrification strategy.
Bonnefont said the group would move its vehicles from current dedicated electronic architectures to an open software platform, leveraging partnerships.
“We don’t want to do everything by ourselves,” he said.
Stellantis has strategic partnerships with companies including BMW, IPhone maker Foxconn and Alphabet Inc’s Waymo, which will allow it to “continue to drive innovation, efficiency and shared know-how”, it said.
Bonnefont said Stellantis planned to finalise by the end of this year a joint venture with Foxconn to supply in-car and connected-car technologies across the auto industry.
The group on Tuesday announced a preliminary agreement to create a second partnership with Foxconn to design a family of purpose-built semiconductors to support the carmaker and other customers. [nFWN2SR16X]
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(Reporting by Giulio Piovaccari and Gilles Guillaume; editing by Jason Neely)