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Published on February 28th, 2017 | by James Ayre


Renault-Nissan Alliance & Transdev Partnering For Self-Driving Vehicle R&D

February 28th, 2017 by  

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.


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James Ayre's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy.

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