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PSA is broadening its connected offering from emergency notification to other value-added services (Photo: Peugeot)

PSA/Peugeot-Citroen will use Sierra Wireless device-to-cloud technology to add more connected services to its next-generation models, the two companies said in a press release.

The French carmaker, which builds and sells Peugeot, Citroen and DS brand models, has cooperated with Sierra Wireless since 2001. It has used device-management modules made by the Canadian company since 2009. These were mostly used for PSA's proprietary emergency calling system.

For its next generation of vehicles, PSA wants to make available to its customers a range of connected services "that deliver additional value," Brigitte Courtehoux, who heads PSA's connected cars and services business unit, said in a statement.

Sierra Wireless will provide PSA with an application framework and development environment that allows third-party applications to be built and hosted directly on a wireless module. Applications can be downloaded and updated remotely over the air.

The technology is expected to be available on PSA models from 2017.