Groupe Renault and Waymo working on autonomous mobility service in France

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 14 Oct 2019

Groupe Renault, Waymo and the Paris Region are exploring setting up an autonomous mobility service between roissy-charles de gaulle and la defence in France. France is committed to the development of autonomous vehicles with a strong national strategy in which stakeholders in the sector and national and local authorities are involved.

Groupe Renault participates in this program via a consortium of the PFA, the French automotive platform, with experiments of electric and autonomous on-demand vehicles in Rouen in conjunction with the Rouen Normandy Metropolitan Area and the Normandy Region; and on the Paris-Saclay urban campus with the Paris Region (Region Ile-de-France) and Ile-de-France Mobilites (Public Transport Authority of Paris Region).

Following the signing in June 2019 of an exclusive agreement between Groupe Renault and Nissan with Waymo on autonomous mobility services in France and Japan, the Paris Region and Groupe Renault will explore the implementation of an autonomous mobility service between Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport and La Defense.

Valerie Pecresse, president of the Paris Region and President of Ile-de-France Mobilites said, “This autonomous mobility service between Roissy and La Defense is likely to play a key role for the mobility of Ile-de-France inhabitants, tourists and therefore for the international attractiveness of our Region, which is investing €100 million (Rs 781 crore) to develop the infrastructure on which autonomous vehicles will operate. I hope that we will be able to bring this project to a successful conclusion for the Paris Olympic Games.”

Hadi Zablit, SVP, Alliance Business Development said, “Driven by this conviction, we will, with our partner Waymo, work on this major project in coordination with the Paris Region, as well as the stakeholders of the SAM experiment program. And, as a French manufacturer, we are very proud to contribute to the influence and evolution of Paris and the Île-de-France region.”

Adam Frost, Chief Automotive Programs and Partnerships Officer, Waymo said, “France is a recognised global mobility leader, and we look forward to working with the Paris Region and our partner Groupe Renault to explore deploying the Waymo Driver on the critical business route stretching from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport to La Defense in Paris.”

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