Briefs: FCA and PSA are now Stellantis; exclusive Alexa tech

Groupe PSA (Peugeot S.A.) and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) have now merged; the stock appears tomorrow and Tuesday, respectively, on Euronext and Mercato, then on the New York Stock Exchange, under the symbol STLA (Stellantis).

In other news, Stellantis will be the first automaker to use Amazon’s Alexa Custom Assistant, which can be tailored to each FCA brand and customer need with  unique wake words, voices, skills, and capabilities. It brings a new capability, having two in-vehicle voice assistants—one from Alexa for Alexa things, and one from FCA for vehicle features. The choice of which assistant to use is made by Alexa. The technology is currently planned; no vehicle actually has it at this time.

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