PSA Peugeot Citroën has become the first automotive partner of Technicolor’s Qeo, selecting the communications framework to deliver its connected car services. The software will enhance interaction between the consumer’s car and personal devices that enter and leave the home (smartphone, tablet), or with devices staying within the home (such as set top box or TV). Hi-tech auto systems and components designer Magneti Marelli will deliver the software for the PSA entertainment and navigation platform.
When integrated with Magneti Marelli software, The Qeo framework is able to bridge connectivity between the car and home providing secure and seamless communication between applications and devices. Its peer-to-peer and real-time characteristics allow for rapid development of innovative services by interconnecting devices, platforms and applications of all kinds.
The Qeo-enabled applications provide real-time updates about the distance between the car and the home, enabling home devices, such as HVAC or home entertainment systems, to react accordingly. For example, a driver can have the audio or a televised football game streamed to the car if he or she won’t arrive home until after the match has begun.
Technicolor is demonstrating this service at the year’s CES in Las Vegas.
Michel Rahier, President for Technicolor’s Connected Home Division, said: “Working with PSA Peugeot Citroën on this project affords Technicolor a partner for demonstrating how our technology delivers value-added services for drivers.”
“We have selected Qeo because of its advanced technology and the ease of implementation into our in-car ecosystem, said Jean Marc Finot, Vice president of Research and Innovation for PSA Peugeot Citroën. “We are currently working on concrete commercial offers of enhanced features embedding Qeo, and are eager to provide personal devices and home automation applications for existing and future PSA Peugeot Citroën models.”
The Qeo solution for the Citroën C4 Picasso, which is available only in Europe at this time, will initially operate from a smart USB stick, developed by Inrete, and plugged into a dashboard port. Eventually, it will be fully integrated into the vehicle’s communication and GPS system.
Roberto Zompi, Advanced Engineering Manager at Magneti Marelli Infotainment and Telematics said: “With our solutions we are making the Connected Car vision a reality. Qeo fits perfectly into our strategy since it’s enabling additional applications and services that improve the end user experience without adding complexity.
With this agreement, PSA joins the large ecosystem of partners who already selected Qeo, including IBM, Seagate, ST Microelectronics, Kudelski Group, Avanquest, Portugal Telecom, Telecom Italia, Shaspa, Intamac, and Inrete.