Foxconn, the company best known for assembling iPhones, and Stellantis, the combined Fiat Chrysler and Peugeot, have been talking about a new joint venture in China to make electric vehicles. Early this morning, the two companies announced that they have signed a “non-binding memorandum of understanding” to create a 50/50 joint venture dubbed Mobile Drive, “aimed at accelerating development timelines to bring innovative in-vehicle user experiences enabled by advanced consumer electronics, HMI interfaces and services that will exceed customer expectations.”

Stellantis is to provide vehicle designs and auto expertise, while Foxconn will provide its experience in mobile phones and consumer electronics. The goal is “a new frontier of in-cabin information and entertainment capabilities, seamlessly connected inside and outside the vehicles in which they are installed.” The products of the joint venture will be marketed to the entire auto industry.

The move appears to signal an eventual end to UConnect, which was recently ported to the Android operating system.

The announcement does not address electric cars, where the companies may soon be competing. Foxconn showed off its own electric vehicle chassis, with controls, in October; the company plans to sell a long-life solid-state battery in 2024, and will build Fisker’s first affordable EV in the United States. Foxconn has facilities across the world, and already assembles the Mac Pro in the United States; it appears to be planning to act as a major supplier and assembler in the electric-car world as well as the phone and computer world.