Renault Group and Google are expanding their partnership and claim the “software defined vehicle” (SDV) will bring together the best of the automotive and digital worlds to allow for new on-demand services and continuous upgrades to be delivered to the car.
The partnership will build on the existing Android Automotive Operating System and Google Cloud technology collaboration.
Under the partnership Google becomes the preferred cloud supplier of Renault Group. The collaboration, initiated in 2018, will be extended as part of Renault Group’s “Move to Cloud” digital transformation.
The two partners will develop a set of onboard and offboard software components that are dedicated to the SDV and will grow synergies and use cases related to the group’s “Move to Cloud” strategy.
This collaboration on cloud computing, initiated in 2018, is accelerating today with the creation of a Digital Twin, a virtual twin of the vehicle that will feature the most advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) capabilities, for an easier and continuous integration of new services into the vehicle and the creation of new onboard (In-Car Services) and offboard applications.
The Renault Group will eventually transform its entire operational model to the cloud for more agility, better performance, and higher profitability.
Luca de Meo, Renault Group CEO, said: “The complexity of the electronic architecture of cars is increasing exponentially, driven by the sophistication of the functionalities and services expected by customers. Equipped with a shared IT platform, continuous over-the-air updates, and streamlined access to car data, the SDV approach developed in partnership with Google will transform our vehicles to help serve future customers’ needs.
“This will increase residual value and after-sales retention, which are two key drivers of our financial performance, and help Renault to roll out our portfolio of new services. Finally, our strategic partnership with Google will allow us to accelerate our end-to-end digital transformation, from the design of the car to its market launch through its production, and ultimately to bring added value to our customers. With Google, we are going beyond mere cooperation: a software champion and a mobility champion are joining forces to create game-changing technologies.”
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and Alphabet, said: “Our collaboration with Renault Group has improved comfort, safety, and connectivity on the road. Today’s announcement will help accelerate Renault Group’s digital transformation by bringing together our expertise in the cloud, AI, and Android to provide for a secure, highly-personalized experience that meets customers’ evolving expectations.”
Renault say the collaboration will enable Renault Group to reduce costs, improve efficiency, flexibility, and speed of vehicle developments, and increase value for end-users thanks to continuous software innovation.
Renault Group will expand its use of Google Cloud technology for the SDV to better manage data capture and analytics, securely and confidentially, as well as software development for the vehicle. This supports first use cases in development, such as:
- Predictive maintenance and better detection and rectification of failures in near real time if necessary.
- A personalized experience onboard the vehicle (In-Car services) to adapt to driving behaviors, often-used destinations such as EV Charging Stations, etc.
- Insurance models based on actual usage and driving behaviors.
Combined with the “Software Defined Vehicle” Platform and its Car Data Platform, Renault Group plans to monitor and analyze car usage for a better understanding of customers’ needs and behaviors and for better and highly personalized services according to their expectations, in compliance with the security and privacy norms that apply.
Renault Group ‘becoming a tech company with Google Cloud’
With one billion pieces of data captured every day across all manufacturing sites, connected production lines, supply chain data hosted and analyzed in the cloud, Renault Group says it has recognized the benefits of agility and performance after more than four years of partnership on cloud computing. Renault appoints Google as its preferred cloud partner and intends to leverage its innovation in machine learning and AI, its constant investments in its open and always more sustainable infrastructure, and its secure cloud approach.