Google and Renault Group have announced a significant expansion of their partnership, bringing the Google Cloud infrastructure of the former much more into play.
The companies, which partnered in 2018, hope to deliver a new digital architecture to support a “Software Defined Vehicle” (SDV) that will benefit from on-demand services and continuous upgrades.
The announcement will also see the introduction of a so-called Digital Twin – a virtual twin of a vehicle with the “most advanced” AI capabilities that will eventually see Renault transform its entire operating model to the cloud, which it hopes will improve performance. improve and profitability.
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Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault Group, explained how “the complexity of the electronic architecture of cars is increasing exponentially”. Being able to deliver over-the-air (OTA) updates and more will help the carmarker increase its vehicles’ resale value and after-sales retention, he said.
New platforms and services for the SDV are already under development, with open-source Android-based operating systems rolling out for future generations in many of the French automaker’s cars.
The 2022 Renault Megane E-Tech – an electric crossover that can travel up to 280 miles from a full charge – is one of the first to benefit from this. The ‘openR link’ information and media system driver uses built-in Google services, such as Google Assistant, Google Maps and YouTube Music.
In the future, Renault hopes to offer its customers features such as predictive maintenance that can detect and even fix some malfunctions in near real time; a personalized driving experience that adapts to driving behaviour; and insurance models based on actual use and driving patterns.
Budget-oriented Dacia and sports car maker Alpine, which is also part of the Renault Group, will benefit from many of the Google Cloud implementations in research, development and production, while customers are likely to benefit first-hand after a larger-scale rollout of the new Android-based operating system for the group’s vehicles in its Renault cars.
“Our partnership with Renault Group has improved comfort, safety and connectivity on the road,” said Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet. “Today’s announcement will help accelerate Renault Group’s digital transformation by bringing together our expertise in cloud, AI and Android to deliver a secure, highly personalized experience that meets customers’ evolving expectations.”