Renault and Google Fast-Track Production of the ‘Software Defined Vehicle’

Renault is partnering with Alphabet-owned Google on what it calls a “software-defined vehicle,” making Google the preferred cloud supplier for the automaker, as detailed in a press release shared on Tuesday.

The partnership extends a collaborative effort established between the two companies in 2018 to help develop a combination of digital software services for the automaker.

The digital software will include artificial intelligence capabilities to integrate both in-car and off-board services, eventually migrating the operational model to Google’s cloud.

These will include predictive maintenance and failure detection, a personalized in-car experience and driving behavior-based insurance options. Additionally, Renault will use car data to help get a better understanding of customer usage to help create services based on customer expectations.

“Our collaboration with Renault Group has advanced comfort, safety, and connectivity on the road,” said Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai. “Today’s announcement will help accelerate Renault Group’s digital transformation by bringing together our expertise in the cloud, AI, and Android to provide for a secure, highly-personalized experience that meets customers’ evolving expectations.”

Earlier this year, Renault announced a partnership with Nissan to invest $26 billion into electric vehicles (EVs) through the next five years. Last year, the Renault Zoe EV earned a zero-star rating in the Euro NCAP safety tests.