The next-generation EV from the French automobile manufacturer will leverage Qualcomm’s 3rd Generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms in its infotainment system along with built-in Google apps and services


Infotainment system of a Renault Mégane E-TECH Electric vehicle. (Credit: Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.)

Qualcomm Technologies said that it will work with Google to design a rich and immersive in-vehicle experience for Renault Group’s new Mégane E-TECH Electric.

Unveiled at IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich, Germany, Mégane E-TECH Electric is the next-generation electric vehicle (EV) of the French automobile manufacturer.

Qualcomm said that Renault will leverage its 3rd Generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms to power the vehicle’s infotainment system.

The Mégane E-TECH Electric’s infotainment system will be made up of portrait-sized touchscreen infotainment displays for audio, visual and navigational functions.

For further boosting the experience for drivers as well as passengers, the infotainment system will have built-in Google apps and services. These will offer intelligent infotainment and in-vehicle customer applications that include Google Maps, Google Assistant and Google Play.

Qualcomm said that the Mégane E-TECH Electric will have access to a rich ecosystem of automotive applications and services on Google Play that are not only connected but also upgradeable.

The company claimed that the 3rd Generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platform is the first-announced scalable artificial intelligence (AI)-based solution in the automotive industry.

The solution is designed to transform in-vehicle experiences, said the US semiconductor major.

Qualcomm said that the 3rd Generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platform will support higher levels of compute and intelligence. These are required for providing intuitive AI experiences for in-car virtual assistance, contextual safety use cases, and natural interactions between the vehicle and driver, said the company.

The digital cockpit of Mégane E-TECH Electric will run on the Android Automotive Operating System (AAOS).

Qualcomm automotive senior vice president and GM Nakul Duggal said: “We recognize consumers’ and automakers’ increasing demands for intelligent and safe in-vehicle experiences, and we are proud to have our 3rd Generation Snapdragon Automotive Cockpit Platforms play a role in helping meet these needs with the Mégane E-TECH Electric vehicles.

“We look forward to extending our long-term relationships with industry leaders like Google and Renault Group to reimagine and redesign the overall experience for drivers and passengers within this new digital age.”

Renault said that it will manufacture Mégane E-TECH Electric vehicles at its Douai factory in France. The new EV offering from the company will have a choice of two battery capacities that include 40kWh for a range of 300km and 60kWh for a range up to 470km.