Published on February 28th, 2017 | by James Ayre0
Renault-Nissan Alliance & Transdev Partnering For Self-Driving Vehicle R&D
February 28th, 2017 by James Ayre
In anticipation of the wide adoption of such services and technologies, the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Transdev are partnering to develop on-demand self-driving electric vehicle mobility services, according to a new press release from the companies.
To be more specific, the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Transdev have signed a research contract to help develop driverless electric vehicle fleet technologies that are expected to enable the future rollout of various new on-demand and public transportation services.
Or, as the press release put it, the partnership will see the two collaborate “to develop a comprehensive, modular transportation system to enable clients to book rides, and mobility operators to monitor and operate self-driving car fleets.”
“As the mobility services landscape keeps evolving, we have a great opportunity to offer innovative, connected mobility solutions for the evolving needs of our customers, fully aligned with our vision of a zero-emission, zero-fatalities society,” commented Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan Alliance senior vice president of Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services. “Partnering with Transdev allows us to share our knowledge as leaders in electric vehicles, autonomous drive, and connected-car technologies with one of the largest multi-modal mobility operators worldwide. Together we will develop an advanced driverless mobility system that will enhance existing public and on-demand transport systems.”
Initial research will apparently be performed as live field testing in Paris-Saclay, using Renault ZOE EVs. Transdev’s on-demand dispatch, supervision, and routing platform will serve as the basis.
“The future of mobility will be P.A.C.E. — Personalized, Autonomous, Connected and Electric,” commented Yann Leriche, chief performance officer at Transdev. “As a worldwide leader in public transport and on-demand shared services, we are committed to pioneer in mobility to always offer our clients the best solutions for their journeys. Our partnership with Renault-Nissan will reinforce our innovation capabilities and accelerate our time-to-market by combining our strengths with those of a global car manufacturer that shares the same willingness to enhance daily mobility to the benefit of clients.”
So, here’s yet more news concerning the eventual large-scale roll out of fully autonomous electric taxis. … It seems like practically every auto manufacturer out there is now working towards the commercialization of self-driving taxis. I have to wonder how many of them are actually serious with their efforts, but the Nissan-Renault Alliance does seem to be one of those that’s taking the coming auto industry shakeup seriously.
And, like GM CEO Mary Barra, Renault & Nissan seem to agree that only EVs make sense for such self-driving purposes.