PSA, a forerunner in the connected car segment

PSA, connected car

When cars interface with one another

During the recent inOut event in Rennes, dedicated to digital mobility solutions, Groupe PSA (170,000 employees, 2017 turnover: €65.2 billion) unveiled the C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything), a wireless communication solution designed to improve road safety and deploy automated driving, on its site of La Janais for the very first time. This system allows cars to interface with one another and with the environment. Data on the environment (slow vehicle, stationary vehicle, emergency braking, etc.) is sent in real time via a dedicated cellular frequency.

This is the first step into connectivity and 5G deployment in the automotive industry. With its 5 brands (Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall) and a broad connected and mobility services offering supported by the Free2Move brand, PSA is a pioneer in the field of autonomous and connected cars. Out of the 3.63 million vehicles sold in 2017, the group is believed to have 3 million connected vehicles, i.e. fitted with the e-call system, which will become mandatory on-board all vehicles across Europe. The group is working on various connectivity development standards such as the C-V2X technology, including the deployment scheduled in 2020, starting with China.

 

Partnership with Huawei

PSA is also deploying the CVMP (Connected Vehicle Modular Platform) that operates with OceanConnect, Huawei’s IoT platform. The DS 7 CROSSBACK, recently launched in China, is the first car using CVMP, which provides users with connected navigation, voice recognition and a connected services portal from the vehicle’s computer screen. Other services will emerge soon (mapping, diagnostics, maintenance, entertainment, and more). The vehicle’s maintenance record and travel log will be available on the user’s smartphone. A hybrid version of the E-Tense 4×4 using the CVMP will be released in 2019. Digital interactions between the vehicle and the cloud are secure and the customer’s and vehicle’s data is encrypted. Huawei’s IoT platform will be used for all of Groupe PSA’s connected vehicles, irrespective of the country.

 

Sources: Journal des Entreprises – 26/03/2018, itespresso.fr – 25/04/2018