CitroŽn C4 Picasso is first Qeo-enabled car

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 07-01-2014

French car-maker PSA Peugeot CitroŽn has become Technicolor's first automotive partner for connected car services built upon software framework Qeo for communication between applications and devices.

At CES in Las Vegas, the CitroŽn C4 Picasso was announced as the first Qeo-enabled car and the integration was completed by high-tech automotive systems and components designer Magneti Morelli.

The Qeo solution for the car is currently only available in Europe, and will initially operate from a smart USB stick, developed by Inrete, plugged into a dashboard port. Eventually, it will be fully integrated into the vehicle's communication and GPS system.

The software will boost the interaction between the consumer's car and their personal devices, regardless of whether these are portable or kept within the home (connected TV or set-top-box).

The Qeo-enabled applications provide real-time updates about the distance between the car and the home, thus enabling home devices, such as HVAC or home entertainment systems, to react accordingly.

A driver can thus have the audio or a televised football game streamed to the car if they won't arrive home until after the match has begun.

At CES, Technicolor will demonstrate seamless communication between a driver's car, a second person's smart phone and a third person's television.

"We are currently working on concrete commercial offers of enhanced features embedding Qeo, and we are eager to provide personal devices and home automation applications for existing and future PSA Peugeot CitroŽn models," said Jean Marc Finot, vice president of research and innovation for PSA Peugeot CitroŽn.