How Qualcomm is improving the era of Connected Cars

January 9th, 2018, Editor: Lenz Nölkel

The US chip manufacturer Qualcomm has already more than 32 partnerships in the automotive sector. At this year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, three more collaborations were presented by the company: Land Rover, Honda and BYD. Read here what’s behind the new era of the Connected Car.

Honda Accord shows what the digital driving experience should look like

At CES 2018, Qualcomm announced the continuation of its cooperation with Honda. The focus will be on innovative personalization, infotainment and telematics systems in the new Honda Accord 2018. The vehicle uses the Snapdragon Automotive platform, which enables state-of-the-art applications for its infotainment and navigation system.


Honda and Qualcomm want to make the Connected Car suitable for mainstream. (Source: Evernine)

Snapdragon’s automotive solutions are designed to help automakers provide consumers with rich, intuitive experiences. As part of the Honda collaboration, the new 2018 Accord also features a Qualcomm® 4G LTE modem supporting the Hondalink vehicle interconnect system.

BYD presents electric cars with intelligent driving optimization

The Chinese energy company BYD also announced the integration of Qualcomm Automotive solutions for upcoming electric vehicles. By 2019, BYD electric vehicles are expected to be equipped with integrated infotainment and digital cluster systems powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820A Automotive platform. The software architecture, hypervisor support and integration capabilities of the Snapdragon 820A Automotive platform are designed to help BYD integrate infotainment and digital clustering systems into a single electronic control unit (ECU).


Electric vehicles should become the embodiment of entertainment – at least that’s what Chinese manufacturer BYD is planning on with Qualcomm. (Source: Evernine)

This is expected to offer significant optimization and integration advantages over previous architectures that used multiple different ECUs within the vehicle. The use of Qualcomm’s automotive solutions should also help to improve energy efficiency in the integrated control unit. In this way, the overall vehicle performance, battery life and range are to be improved.

Land Rover will focus on telematics and 4G

Land Rover will as well use the Qualcomm Snapdragon automotive platforms in the future. The focus here: Sophisticated telematics, infotainment and digital clusters with integrated connectivity and optimized entertainment in the back seats. According to Land Rover, these features would be required of the financially strong buyer group to enable a seamless network within the vehicles.


High willingness to pay of buyers meets best services for optimum performance: Qualcomm is to ensure the best driving experience and entertainment in the new Land Rover models. (Source: Evernine)

Qualcomm is driving the new era of Connected Car

Qualcomm has been making a big name in the automotive industry for years. With now 35 cooperations with car manufacturers, Qualcomm will play an even bigger role in the further development of connected cars. The three focus topics seem to be future-proof:

• Telematics

• Infotainment

• Connectivity

Source of images: Evernine