Renault Group steers new innovations with Google

Google and Renault Group have expanded their partnership aimed at designing and delivering the digital architecture for the Software Defined Vehicle (SDV) and accelerating Renault’s digitalization.

Both companies will work together to develop a set of onboard and offboard software components that are dedicated to the SDV and will grow synergies and use case related to the group’s move to the cloud strategy.

First initiated in 2018, this collaboration is now accelerating with the creation of a digital twin, a virtual twin of the vehicle that will feature the most advanced AI capabilities for an easier and continuous integration of new services into the vehicle and the creation of new onboard and offboard applications.

This collaboration will allow Renault Group to reduce costs, improve efficiency, flexibility, and speed of vehicle developments, and increase value for end-users.

Renault Group will expand its use of Google Cloud technology for the SDV to better manage data capture and analytics. The technology will support first use cases in development, such as: predictive maintenance, a personalized experience to adapt to driving behaviours, and insurance models based on actual usage.

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet said: “Our collaboration with Renault Group has improved comfort, safety, and connectivity on the road. Today’s announcement will help accelerate Renault Group’s digital transformation by bringing together our expertise in the cloud, AI, and Android to provide for a secure, highly personalized experience that meets customers’ evolving expectations.”

Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault Group, said: “The complexity of the electronic architecture of cars is increasing exponentially, driven by the sophistication of the functionalities and services expected by customers. Equipped with a shared IT platform, continuous over-the-air updates, and streamlines access to car data, the SDV approach developed in partnership with Google will transform our vehicle to help serve future customers’ needs.

“This will increase residual value and after-sales retention, which are two key drivers of our financial performance, and help Renault to roll out our portfolio of new services. Finally, our strategic partnership with Google will allow us to accelerate our end-to-end digital transformation, from the design of the car to its market launch through its production, and ultimately to bring added value to our customers. With Google, we are going beyond mere cooperation: a software champion and a mobility champion are joining forces to create game-changing technologies.”