Renault and Orange have formed a 4G partnership for real life testing of new connectivity applications on vehicles using high speed technologies.

“Tomorrow’s vehicles will be hyper-connected. Everywhere, where driving circumstances permit, motorists will be able to access their professional and personal digital worlds from their vehicles in complete safety,” the automaker said. It had joined with Orange as part of a research project on testing the automotive uses of very high speed, 4G/LTE (Long Term Evolution) connectivity.

Orange has rolled out 4G in advance at Renault’s research and testing facilities. The aim is to enable both partners’ teams to test in real life situations the uses enabled by very high speed mobile technology, ranging from virtual office and cloud gaming to video conferencing. An initial test is underway on the Next Two prototype based on the Renault Zoe and to be presented at the upcoming Le Web’13 conference.

Rémi Bastien, head of engineering innovation at Renault, said: “This partnership is an example of an effective working relationship between two very different worlds. We were able to benefit ahead of time from a high-speed LTE network and from Orange’s expertise, with an opportunity to take advantage of the network for our prototype of the connected vehicle of the future.”

Nathalie Leboucher, head of the smart cities programme at Orange, said: “Connected cars make travelling more efficient through communicating services and stand as a major development priority in Orange’s strategy”.

Connected vehicles are already a reality. With R-Link, Renault brings its customers an integrated and connected touch tablet rated by SBD as Europe’s user-friendliest multimedia system. R-Link, available on most Renault range models, already features nearly 100 apps. Connectivity-wise, the R-Link system relies on the know-how of Orange Business Services, which supplies all the SIM M2M cards used on board equipped Renault cars.