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  • Writer's pictureNATALIA SOUSA

Renault Group and Google Accelerate Partnership to Develop the Vehicle of Tomorrow

Renault Group and Google will expand their partnership into designing and delivering the digital architecture for the "Software Defined Vehicle" (SDV) and accelerate the Group's digitalization. In addition, the two partners will develop a set of onboard and offboard software components dedicated to the SDV. They will grow synergies and use cases related to the Group's "Move to Cloud" strategy.

This collaboration on cloud computing, initiated in 2018, is accelerating today with the creation of a Digital Twin, a virtual twin of the vehicle that will feature the most advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities for easier and continuous integration of new services into the car and the creation of new onboard (In-Car Services) and offboard applications. In addition, the Group will eventually transform its entire operational model to the cloud for more agility, better performance, and higher profitability.

"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 streamlined access to car data, the SDV approach developed in partnership with Google will transform our vehicles to help serve future customers' needs. This will increase residual value and after-sales retention, two key drivers of our financial performance, and help Renault roll out our new services portfolio. Finally, our strategic partnership with Google will allow us to accelerate our end-to-end digital transformation, from the car's design 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."

Luca de Meo, Renault Group CEO

"Our collaboration with Renault Group has advanced 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."

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet

Renault Group and Google are expanding their partnership into a collaboration to develop platforms and services for the future of SDVs. The partnership includes in-vehicle software to enable the "Software Defined Vehicle" Platform and cloud software to enable a Digital Twin.

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

Renault Group will expand its use of Google Cloud technology for the SDV to manage data capture and analytics better, securely and confidentially, and software development for the vehicle. This supports first use cases in development, such as:

  • Predictive maintenance and better detection and rectify failures in near real-time if necessary.

  • A personalized experience onboard the vehicle (In-Car services) to adapt to driving behaviors, often-used destinations such as EV Charging Stations, etc.

  • Insurance models based on actual usage and driving behaviours.

Combined with the "Software Defined Vehicle" Platform and its Car Data Platform, Renault Group plans to monitor and analyze car usage for a better understanding of customers' needs and behaviours and for better and highly personalized services according to their expectations, in compliance with the security and privacy norms that apply.

With one billion pieces of data captured daily across all manufacturing sites, connected production lines, and supply chain data hosted and analyzed in the cloud, Renault Group has recognized the benefits of agility and performance after more than four years of partnership on cloud computing. As a result, the Group today appoints Google as its preferred cloud partner. It intends to leverage its machine learning and AI innovation, its constant investments in its open and always more sustainable infrastructure, and its secure cloud approach.

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