Ned Curic joined Stellantis in 2021 as chief technology officer from Amazon, where he led Alexa Automotive. The former Toyota and Microsoft executive is charged with executing Stellantis' plan to generate $20 billion in software-related revenue by 2030, from services and subscriptions, features on demand, and data and fleet services. Curic spoke with Automotive News Europe News Editor Peter Sigal and Correspondent Nick Gibbs in a roundtable with reporters at the Paris auto show in October on how software is shaping Stellantis' future.
The new Jeep Avenger has Android Automotive as its infotainment operating system, but you are still using TomTom for maps. When are you moving to full Google Automotive Services (app suite)?
We have decided not to move to Google Automotive Services.
We looked at what kind of unique experiences we wanted to deliver to the customers and how we can maximize the value of the relationship between the customer and the vehicle. We found that to deliver always-fresh and always-up-to-date -- and very simple -- experiences, we need to change the way we build digital cabin software, and that most of that experience should be delivered from the cloud. Our current software platforms did not allow for these always-on, always-changing, living experiences. The OS is pretty heavy, it requires heavy updates over the air, you need to download heavy bits, and you need to plan for that, so scheduling or managing large fleets of tens of millions of vehicles becomes challenging.