The Renault-Nissan Alliance announced that it will work with Transdev, a company involved in autonomous vehicle (AV) services, to develop a fleet of self-driving electric vehicles. The two companies will collaborate to develop a modular transportation system to enable clients to book rides, and mobility operators to monitor and operate self-driving car fleets. The collaboration will use the Renault Zoe for the development of fleets of electric driverless vehicles for public and on-demand transportation.
Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan Alliance senior vice president of Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services, said, "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. 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."
The field tests with the Renault Zoes will initially be organised with Transdev's on-demand dispatch, supervision and routing platform.
Yann Leriche, chief performance officer at Transdev, said, "The future of mobility will be P.A.C.E. - Personalized, Autonomous, Connected and Electric. 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."
The Renault-Nissan Alliance has been pursuing development of advanced connected-car technologies and mobility services via several partnerships including that with Microsoft and Japanese internet company DeNA. Transdev, on the other hand, is engaged in a series of pilot AV deployments in multiple countries and is currently operating the world's first commercial driverless service on EDF's campus in Civaux, France.