Renault and Nissan partner on autonomous tech R&D hub in China

Automotive alliance partners Renault and Nissan have announced a new research and development joint venture in Shanghai, China, which will focus on autonomous drive, connected vehicles and electric vehicles.

The carmakers hope that the new facility, Alliance Innovation Lab Shanghai, will support the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance’s plan to launch 12 new zero-emission electric vehicles and introduce 40 more with different levels of autonomy by 2022.

The carmakers will each hold 50% of the new entity and said that technologies pioneered by the hub could be applied to Renault and Nissan vehicles sold in China and around the world.

“China is not only the world’s largest auto market but is also at the leading edge of new technologies that will change the face of future mobility,” said Takao Asami, Alliance SVP, Research and Advanced Engineering.

“From a strategic point of view, it is vital that the Alliance has a development hub in this thriving market, where the Alliance sold more vehicles than anywhere else in 2018. The knowledge and skills obtained here will be leveraged not just inside China but globally, helping to contribute to the demanding objectives of our Alliance 2022 mid-term plan.”

Kenju Kobayashi, the Alliance Global Director responsible for the new facility, said: “Shanghai is a leading hub for innovation in China for automotive related technologies and across a range of industries.

“By bringing together the talents of the Alliance with the range of expertise found in Shanghai and across China, we will be able to aggressively pursue open innovation that transcends industry boundaries and rapidly develop technologies driving the business growth of Alliance members.”

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