Valeo & Qualcomm enhance tech partnership for Indian 2 & 3-wheelers

Valeo and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to explore opportunities to work together to innovate for the 2-wheeler and 3-wheeler segments in India. Moreover, these collaborative efforts are an extension of the two companies’ long-term working relationship. They aim to deliver advanced computing units for telematics and advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for software-defined vehicles (SDVs).

In addition to helping deliver enhanced safety to 2-wheelers and 3-wheelers, the companies will leverage their rich and complementary portfolios. This will accelerate the adoption of cloud-connected digital services, leading to greater safety and an always-connected digital experience for riders. They will couple Snapdragon® Digital Chassis™ solutions for 2-wheelers and new vehicle classes from Qualcomm Technologies with Valeo technologies for display, telematics, and sensors. They will also utilize the Group’s software expertise to develop a comprehensive solution that includes embedded cellular modems, connected displays, and driver assistance features. The final product will incorporate connected clusters for enhanced functionality.

These new features will enable riders to remain focused on the road. They can stay connected in real time to their favorite smartphone applications, navigation systems, or cloud-based entertainment. Connectivity will also enhance the safety of the vehicle and the passengers on and off the road with real-time traffic and potential risk on the road information. It will also provide software and cybersecurity updates. Additionally, it will enable tracking and monitoring of the 2- and 3-wheelers.

In India, 2-wheelers and 3-wheelers are fast-growing markets. Valeo and Qualcomm Technologies acknowledge the importance and value of the Indian ecosystem and market. There is a strong presence of India-based players that are expanding abroad. Moreover, the extended collaboration intends to leverage the strong local R&D presence of the two companies. The collaboration also aims to utilize the local manufacturing capabilities of Valeo. By working together, the companies expect to offer OEMs complete solutions based on the best-in-class automotive technologies.

“We are excited to extend our work with Qualcomm Technologies to 2-wheelers and 3-wheelers. It is an important new step forward in our long-lasting collaboration. Valeo has a strong engineering and manufacturing presence in India. Furthermore, they are utilizing Snapdragon Digital Chassis solutions for 2-wheelers and new vehicle classes. This approach enables them to locally design, develop, and produce a new generation of connected displays tailored to local requirements. It serves their local customers and contributes to safer and more connected mobility in India,” said Marc Vrecko, President of Valeo’s Comfort and Driving Assistance Systems Business Group. 

“For many years, Qualcomm Technologies has worked with Valeo to anticipate the needs of OEMs and deliver ADAS and advanced telematics systems to their vehicles. Moreover, we are pleased to extend our collaboration endeavors to accelerate the digital transformation of the dynamic 2-wheeler and 3-wheeler markets in India by offering rider solutions with advanced safety features and highly personalized and safe user experiences,” said Nakul Duggal, senior vice president and general manager, automotive & cloud computing, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Having a local proximity is key to efficiently support customers in the design of complex systems for higher safety and enrich the riders’ digital experience. Valeo’s presence in India started 25 years ago to support Automotive OEMs and develop local technologies. Valeo now has more than 6500 employees including 3.200 engineers, 8 production sites and a global R&D center. Valeo India HQ is located in Chennai.

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