Renault and Nissan have inaugurated a new facility for a joint innovation laboratory in Atidim Park, Tel Aviv, to allow the Alliance to accelerate collaboration with Israeli start-ups and partner with the Israel Innovation Authority.

Known as the Alliance Innovation Lab Tel Aviv, the facility focuses on sensors for autonomous driving, cyber security and big data.

The Alliance is currently testing and working on more than ten joint prototyping projects with Israeli start-ups at different stages, among them: Apollo Power, Argus, AutoTalks, BrightWay Vision, Electreon, Enigmatos, IRP systems, Karamba, Moodify, Saferide and Upstream.

The lab’s location in Atidim Park enables it to carry out Proof of Concepts (PoCs) and co-develop prototypes in Tel Aviv’s smart city experiment zone. With a surface area of 1.600 square metres, the lab provides start-ups with space to test technologies with real vehicles.

“With Israel as a global innovation hub, particularly with automotive technology, this new lab is a natural next step for us and will allow the Alliance to leverage the strengths of Israel’s start-up ecosystem,” said Alliance EVP, Engineering Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi.

“Through collaborations with promising local start-ups with cutting-edge technologies, we aim to develop a variety of key technologies, which will be essential for the future of mobility.”

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Being an operator of the Israel Innovation Authority’s Technological Innovation Labs programme, the lab offers funding for PoCs carried out by Israeli start-ups focusing on smart mobility.

The lab also works in close cooperation with Alliance Ventures, the corporate venture capital fund which plans to invest up to USD1bn in five years for start-ups, early-stage technology companies, as well as entrepreneurial talents and has already invested in Maniv Mobility fund in Israel.

“The opening of this new facility is a special milestone for us,” said Alliance Innovation director, Antoine Basseville.

“It is part of the Alliance’s growing engagement in the Israeli ecosystem, after setting-up our local innovation lab,”

“We believe our new facility, the Alliance partnerships with the IIA (Israel Innovation Authority), with the municipality and university of Tel Aviv, will contribute to create a comprehensive mobility ecosystem in Atidim in a wide array of fields from smart city to our technical fields.”

An additional partnership for the Alliance lab in Israel is CityZone, an innovation ecosystem for smart city ventures, at Atidim Park, in real-city conditions.