Stellantis signs software development deal with Amazon, it doesn’t end there

The deal was announced today, January 5, 2022, along with a series of multi-year agreements. One of them will make Amazon the first commercial customer of the new Ram ProMaster Battery electric vehicle in 2023. The latter will be part of the sustainable delivery network of the American retail giant.

The two companies haven’t said how many Ram electric vans Amazon will buy, but we should know more later. The news is interesting since Amazon is also considering buying electric vans from Rivian.

In addition, the agreement between Stellantis and Amazon also includes collaborative engineering and innovation initiatives. Stellantis’ global workforce is expected to be nurtured with the help of AWS, Amazon Web Services, and they will work to get the automaker to market faster.

By 2024, Stellantis will train more than 5,000 developers and engineers in AWS-related cloud technologies to accelerate its transformation from a business to a data-driven enterprise in the cloud. With AWS, Stellantis will launch a global learning program called Agile-Auto Software and Data Academy.

As Stellantis notes, the collaboration will bring live updates for their vehicles, while also integrating into customers’ digital lives. The new STLA SmartCockpit platform is expected to provide vehicle and brand specific functionality for models that will launch it from 2024.

For example, Chrysler’s Pacifica might get a family trip planner that would recommend media, restaurants, points of interest, and even fun places to stop along a route, notes Stellantis. This is just one example at the moment, but it could become a reality in two years.

Meanwhile, in Jeep vehicles, the system could incorporate a digital “off-road coach” that would help customers calibrate their vehicles, optimize their performance and even navigate off the beaten track.

The new partnership will also leverage Mobile Drive, a joint venture Stellantis formed with Foxconn last year. The latter is intended to develop digital cockpits and personalized connected services, and their development work will continue.


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Gordon K. Morehouse