Veoneer, auto technology firm, will tie with Qualcomm Technologies on developing a software and chip platform for driver-assistance systems.
The Swedish maker of vision systems, radar and software for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) said it signed a non-binding letter of intent with Qualcomm and expected to finalise a definitive agreement in the second half of this year.
Qualcomm Technologies, one of the leading mobile phone chipset maker, said in a statement that it aims to make this integrated SoC and software stack platform available to automakers and Tier-1 suppliers.
Qualcomm remains committed to offering high performance and advanced automotive solutions for all vehicle tiers and levels and we look forward to working with an industry pioneer like Veoneer to accelerate innovation to deliver comprehensive systems, said Cristiano Amon, president of Qualcomm.
Veoneer’s software development strategy, increasingly important with the auto industry in the midst of a rapid transformational shift, has been under scrutiny since it ended its Zenuity software joint venture with Volvo Cars in April.
“This is a significant event for Veoneer which we are very happy to announce,”, Carlson told Reuters, adding that he expected the integrated software and system-on-a-chip platform would generate major interest from customers.
Veoneer, which competes with companies such as Aptiv, Bosch, Continental and Intel’s Mobileye, has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic as the car industry has seen production halted in many markets by widespread lockdowns.
Veoneer said in a statement it expected the integrated platform developed with Qualcomm to be available through automotive Tier 1 suppliers or directly to original equipment manufacturers (OEM) for 2024 vehicle production.
“This relationship not only strengthens our product portfolio, but also broadens our go-to-market position and opportunities, while giving customers more ways to access world-leading technology,” Carlson said in a statement.
The company, which supplies carmakers such as Daimler, Ford, and Honda, said last month it expected sales this year to outpace light-vehicle production.