Amazon.com Inc is partnering with Stellantis NV to develop software and purchase electric delivery vans, the companies said Wednesday.
The maker of the Jeep, Chrysler and Fiat brands will work on digital technology with Amazon and use its cloud services, according to a joint statement.
The online retailer is also the first commercial customer for the new Ram ProMaster electric delivery vehicle expected next year, he said.
Although the companies did not provide details on the order amount, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said it was about selling “a lot” of vans to Amazon.
âIt’s the acceleration and growth of an existing business,â he told CES in Las Vegas. “We will be working closely with Amazon to gain an even more precise understanding of the needs of customers of last mile delivery providers.”
The announcement comes after Stellantis last month announced plans to generate around 20 billion euros ($ 22.63 billion) in additional revenue from software features in its vehicles by the end of the decade. The deal with Amazon adds another partner to a list that includes Foxconn Technology Group (å¯å£«åº· ç§æ éå), Waymo and BMW AG to build three new technology platforms by 2024.
Amazon Web Services is by far the leader in the provision of rental IT infrastructure and serves businesses in virtually every industry.
Amazon has been “very helpful” in reducing software development costs, Stellantis CTO Ned Curic said at the Las Vegas presentation.
Stellantis Jeep models already offer cloud-based Alexa voice services, and the top-of-the-line Jeep Wagoneer, which went on sale this year, offers Amazon Fire TV.
âThe pricing structure for the services we use is not going up, it’s actually going down,â he said.
Along with the deal on the van, Stellantis and Amazon said they plan to work on software solutions for the digital cabin platform called STLA SmartCockpit from 2024. The technology should focus on infotainment and be added to electric vehicles equipped with autonomous features as the industry moves away from conventional motors.
Stellantis’ focus on revenue from downloads and software updates for services like navigation systems and maintenance shows how computer code is emerging as the next battleground.
The Amsterdam-based manufacturer said it was targeting âtech industry marginsâ by selling software.
Globally, Stellantis plans to spend 30 billion euros by the middle of the decade on electrification and software. It must unveil its strategic plan for 2030 on March 1.
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