PARIS -- The software-defined, connected car will fundamentally alter the relationship between automakers and their customers, Renault CEO Luca de Meo said, with opportunities to make the car better at the end of its life cycle than at the beginning.
"I believe it will really change the experience of owning a vehicle," de Meo said Wednesday at the French technology show VivaTech, where he appeared with Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon.
"The car is really becoming a connected computer on wheels," said Amon, whose company provides infotainment and connected-car technology for Renault. "This is going to create a new business model for services and how we think about the value of owning a car."
The two companies collaborated on a new infotainment interface for the Renault Megane E-Tech Electric compact hatchback, which uses Qualcomm's Snapdragon Digital Cockpit Platform.
De Meo said connectivity -- software driven and 5G enabled -- would lead to a better experience for drivers, and more profits for automakers. He noted that smartphone users personalized their devices with apps and received constant over-the-air upgrades.