Renault-Nissan and Transdev to develop driverless, electric vehicle fleet system

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Renault-Nissan and transport operator Transdev have agreed to jointly explore the development of public and on-demand mobility services using fleets of electric, driverless vehicles.

The collaboration will see the Renault-Nissan Alliance work together with Transdev on developing a modular transportation system that allows clients to book rides directly, as well as enabling mobility operators to monitor and run self-driving car fleets.

Ogi Redzic, the Alliance’s senior vice president of Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services, said: “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.

“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,” said Redzic.

Initially, researchers will conduct field tests in Paris-Saclay, the research cluster south of the French capital. 

The tests will involve Renault ZOEs, the leading electric vehicle in Europe, as well as Transdev’s on-demand dispatch, supervision and routing platform.

Yann Leriche, chief performance officer at Transdev, said: “The future of mobility will be P.A.C.E. –  Personalized, Autonomous, Connected and Electric.

“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.

“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.”

As it seeks to accelerate the development of connected vehicle technologies and mobility services, the Renault-Nissan Alliance recently signed an agreement with Microsoft to work together on connected car services, aimed at improving the driving experience for customers.

It has also entered a partnership with Japanese internet company DeNA aimed at developing driverless vehicles for commercial services in Japan.