“Digital Chassis” redefines the basic vehicle framework to include digital components based on Qualcomm Snapdragon processors
Qualcomm has completed its acquisition of Arriver from SSW Partners, giving the chipmaker access to the software maker’s driver assistance assets. Automotive has been a huge growth for Qualcomm, with automotive revenue expected to reach $3.5 billion in five years and $8 billion in a decade. This latest development, the company says, will strengthen its ability to provide open, fully integrated and competitive Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) solutions to automakers and large-scale Tier 1 suppliers.
These ADAS solutions will be part of the company’s “digital chassis,” a concept introduced by CEO Cristiano Amon at CES 2022 that redefines the vehicle’s basic framework to include digital components based on the company’s Snapdragon processors. This digital framework includes the Snapdragon Ride Platform for Automated Driving and ADAS, Auto Connectivity Platform for Cellular Connected Services, Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and precise positioning, and the next generation of the Snapdragon Cockpit, a digital cockpit and infotainment system.
“We remain committed to delivering advanced solutions for all levels and levels of vehicles, and with Arriver’s driver assistance assets now part of the Snapdragon Ride platform, we are better positioned to power the future. of autonomous driving,” said Nakul Duggal, senior and GM vice president, automotive, Qualcomm Technologies. “We are delighted to welcome the talented team at Arriver.”
Specifically, the chipmaker will integrate Arriver’s computer vision, driving policy and driver assistance assets into its core Snapdragon Walk Platform portfolio, a decision based on its previous collab with Arrive, when owned by Veoneer. In addition to its ability to scale across a wide range of vehicle types, the modularity of the Snapdragon Ride platform provides the flexibility to take advantage of software features developed by automakers.
In addition, Veoneer and Qualcomm Technologies have signed a new agreement guaranteeing continuity of service and support to customers.
Speaking on the broader autonomous vehicle market, Amon at CES 2022 commented, “What we have seen with the car transitioning to a completely more digital connected and intelligent experience [is that] automakers began to develop a direct relationship with technology companies and chipset vendors. This has been taken to a whole new level when we look at the supply chain crisis and [have] understanding the importance of semiconductors […] in the digital evolution of the car.
Honda, VOLVO and Renault are among automakers that will use elements of Qualcomm’s digital chassis components in their next-generation vehicles.