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Earlier this 7 days, Stellantis declared a multi-calendar year partnership with Qualcomm to collaborate and use the tech company’s products and solutions in the automaker’s car products. Qualcomm technological know-how will be utilized to improve every product over the next decade, from the in-motor vehicle communication technique to built-in synthetic intelligence. Maserati will be the first Stellanis model to integrate the automaker’s subsequent-technology infotainment system. Nonetheless, it is not just new pc methods on executives’ minds at the automotive huge.

In the statement announcing the agreement, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares claimed, “Qualcomm Technologies’ broad experience in automotive and scale as a semiconductor chief will allow us to vertically combine key aspects of our new platforms and far more closely take care of the finish electronics provide chain to present access to the best technologies, empower the success of Stellantis’ volume opportunity and achieve our Dare Ahead 2030 ambition.”

Curiously, Tavares outlined Stellanis wanting to regulate its electronics offer chain extra carefully. It is reasonably scarce for an automaker to sort a shut partnership with a semiconductor maker. However, it should not be stunning with the sea of cars sitting down in huge lots without having laptop chips. Past thirty day period, Stellantis was pressured to halt manufacturing 2 times for 17 days in whole at its Melfi plant in southern Italy mainly because of a semiconductor lack. The Melfi plant makes the FIAT 500X as nicely as the Jeep Renegade and Compass.

The struggles of Stellanis to sustain a dependable source of chips are shared by the total automobile market. Late final yr, Stellanis also agreed to a offer with Foxconn for the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer to generate function-crafted chips for the automaker. Even though these commercial agreements are encouraging for future manufacturing figures, it will be at least a yr till the chip shortage commences to relieve. The pandemic had provoked the lack, but it has worsened with the modern Russian invasion of Ukraine.