Renault Group named Luc Julia, said to be a worldwide expert in artificial intelligence and co-creator of the Siri technology, as group chief scientific officer.

“The arrival of Julia is great news for the company. His exceptional track record in artificial intelligence, data and object connectivity will be key to accelerating the deployment of our strategy and becoming a tech company that integrates vehicles,” said Renault chief Luca de Meo.

Julia will be responsible for supporting the functions and brands in the conception and deployment of the group plan for innovation and key technology.

He will be the expert in fields such as artificial intelligence, man-machine interfaces, connectivity and software and will oversee the R&D of technology and innovation for integration into the group’s product and service plan. He will also work with key players and partners in the sector, notably in the framework of the ‘Software République’.