Driverless, electric mobility vehicles plan by Renault-Nissan and Transdev
Published: 14 March, 2017
A project to develop fleets of driverless electric mobility vehicles for public and on-demand transportation has been agreed by the Renault-Nissan Alliance and Transdev.
The companies plan to develop a comprehensive, modular transportation system to enable clients to book rides and mobility operators to monitor and operate self-driving car fleets.
‘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,’ said Ogi Redzic, Renault-Nissan Alliance senior vice president of connected vehicles and mobility services.
He added that working with Transdev would allow Renault-Nissan to share their knowledge of autonomous electric vehicles and connected-car technologies with one of the largest multi-modal mobility operators worldwide.
The research will include field tests in Paris-Saclay with Renault ZOEs and Transdev’s on-demand dispatch, supervision and routing platform.
‘The future of mobility will be PACE – Personalised, Autonomous, Connected and Electric,’ said Yann Leriche, chief performance officer at Transdev.
‘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.’
Renault-Nissan has formed other partnerships to accelerate the development of advanced connected-car technologies and mobility services, including one with Microsoft to develop a global platform to improve the customer experience by making driving more intuitive, intelligent and fun. It has also joined Japanese internet company DeNA to begin tests in Japan to develop driverless vehicles for commercial services.
Transdev is a consultant for public transport authorities and is 70% owned subsidiary of Caisse des Dépôts in which Veolia has a shareholding of 30%. It has 83,000 employees in 19 countries and operates 43,000 vehicles and 22 tramway networks. In 2015, the company had a turnover of €6.6 billion.
It has also worked developed autonomous vehicle (AV) services and is currently operating the world’s first commercial driverless service on EDF’s campus in Civaux, France.