Renault and Google Collaborate to Develop Automotive Technology for Software-Defined Vehicles

French carmaker Renault is collaborating with Google to create its vehicles similarly to how a computer company creates software. In the agreement, which builds on an earlier partnership between the two companies, Renault agrees to use cloud computing technologies to create what it terms a “software defined” vehicle.

The two businesses intend to develop a “digital twin” of a new car using artificial intelligence. In order to test and monitor physical things before they are used in the real world, digital twins attempt to reproduce them in a virtual environment. In order to incorporate Google’s software infrastructure and services like Google Maps and Assistant into automobiles, the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi alliance and the search giant teamed up in 2018.

This collaboration is now being expanded by Renault Group (Renault, Dacia, Alpine, and Mobilize) and Google to create a “software-defined vehicle” (SDV) based on Android Automotive OS. With Google serving as its “preferred cloud provider,” the goal is to give continuous upgrades and new on-demand services to the car.

According to the companies, the agreement will assist Renault in creating new on- and off-road applications. Renault will customize users’ experiences to adapt to frequently visited locations, such as electric vehicle charging stations, and utilize data analytics to identify and fix any malfunctions in the way the vehicle operates. Luca de Meo, CEO of Renault Group, said in a statement on Tuesday that the complexity of the electronic architecture of cars is expanding exponentially, driven by the sophistication of the features and services demanded by customers.

The SDV method created in conjunction with Google will alter our vehicles to help serve the demands of future consumers. It is equipped with a shared IT platform, constant over-the-air updates, and streamlined access to car data, the company said.

Renault and Google collaborated for the first time in 2018 to incorporate Google’s Android operating system into in-car media displays. According to the business, it eventually wants to migrate its entire operational model to the cloud.

The partnership will help accelerate Renault Group’s digital transformation by bringing together their expertise in the cloud, AI, and Android to provide for a highly personalized as well as secure experience that meets customers’ growing expectations, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said in a statement on the deal on Tuesday.

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