The Renault-Nissan Alliance and Transdev jointly agreed to explore development of mobility services with fleets of electric driverless vehicles for public and on-demand transportation.
Announced in early March, the companies will 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,” said Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan Alliance’s 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,” Redzic said.
The research will initially include field tests in Paris-Saclay with Renault ZOEs, the leading electric vehicle in Europe, and Transdev’s on-demand dispatch, supervision and routing platform.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance has steadily formed partnerships to accelerate the development of advanced connected-car technologies and mobility services, including a partnership with Microsoft to develop a single global platform that will improve the customer experience by making driving more intuitive, intelligent and fun, and a partnership with Japanese internet company DeNA to begin tests in Japan to develop driverless vehicles for commercial services.
“The future of mobility will be P.A.C.E. — Personalized, Autonomous, Connected and Electric,” said Yann Leriche, Transdev chief performance officer. “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.”
Transdev, a pioneer in autonomous vehicle (AV) services, engaged in a series of pilot AV deployments in multiple countries. It currently operates the world’s first commercial driverless service on EDF’s campus in Civaux, France.
“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,” Leriche said.