The collaboration with Huawei is a significant strategic move for PSA and DS 7 Crossback comes with the new connectivity platform; more models will follow

The collaboration with Huawei is a significant strategic move for PSA and DS 7 Crossback comes with the new connectivity platform; more models will follow

Groupe PSA says the DS 7 Crossback is the first Groupe PSA vehicle using the IoT platform named "Connected Vehicle Modular Platform" (CVMP) and equipped with Huawei technology for new connected services.

It is the first tangible result of the partnership announced in November 2017 between Huawei and Groupe PSA covering all of the group's connected vehicles.

DS 7 Crossback will be shown on the Huawei booth at Hannover Messe 2018 from 23 to 27 April 2018.

DS 7 Crossback, launched this month in China, is the first vehicle to benefit from the CVMP. Customers can access new services such as connected navigation, natural language voice recognition and a connected service portal via the vehicle's dashboard screen. The vehicle's maintenance status and the history of journeys and driving styles are also accessible from the customer's smartphone.

PSA says new services for private customers and fleet managers will be regularly added to these features. They include infotainment services, remote software updates and navigation mapping, personal assistant, remote vehicle diagnostic and maintenance functions, and services useful for car hire companies, fleet managers and carsharing operators.

Huawei's OceanConnect IoT platform underpins Huawei's 'Connected Car Solution'. This solution - it is claimed - helps to develop connected cars, smart homes and smart cities, giving users access to an array of services designed to facilitate daily life. The two companies say all digital interactions between the car and the cloud are secure; customer and car data are encrypted, and their 'integrity, authenticity and confidentiality are guaranteed'. Huawei's platform will be used for all Groupe PSA's connected vehicles in all regions where these vehicles are marketed.

Jean Leflour, SVP Connected Vehicle & Services Architecture Strategy, Groupe PSA, said: "By deploying its new platform connecting the vehicle to the Internet Of Things, Groupe PSA enriches its service offering and makes mobility easier for all its customers. With Huawei, well known for its innovation capacity, we are pleased to show today the first tangible result of our partnership providing our customers with a new experience enabled by the CVMP. DS 7 CROSSBACK is the first vehicle to benefit from this joint project, which will ultimately be rolled out to all group vehicles."

DS 7 Crossback, unveiled in March 2018, is the first vehicle belonging to the 2nd generation of DS vehicle which DS says 'embodies the French luxury know how and high technology'.

Leon He, Head of Automotive Industry Business Unit of Huawei Enterprise Business Group, commented: "The key to successful digital transformation of car manufacturers is to build a digital cloud platform. Based on the platform, car manufacturers, ecosystem developers, and industry application partners are gathered to jointly sell vehicle products and services across countries in the global market and provide personalized travel services to car owners and users."

Hannover Messe 2018 held from 23 to 27 April 2018 at the Hannover Exhibition Centre (Germany). Huawei booth is located in Hall 6, D18.

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