Renault and Nissan open new Alliance innovation lab in Tel Aviv

by Autocar Pro News Desk , 13 Jun 2019


Renault and Nissan have opened a new facility for the joint innovation lab in Tel Aviv, Atidim Park, which will enable the Alliance to accelerate a unique model of collaboration with Israeli start-ups and an exclusive partnership with the Israel Innovation Authority.

Known as the Alliance Innovation Lab Tel Aviv, the facility focuses on sensors for autonomous driving, cyber security, and big data. The Alliance is currently testing and working on over 10 joint prototyping projects with Israeli start-ups at different stages, among them are: Apollo Power, Argus, AutoTalks, BrightWay Vision, Electreon, Enigmatos, IRP systems, Karamba, Moodify, Saferide and Upstream.

The lab's location in Atidim Park enables it to carry out Proof of Concepts (POCs) in ideal conditions and co-develop prototypes in Tel Aviv's smart city experiment zone. With a surface area of 1600 square meters, the lab provides start-ups with the space to test technologies with real vehicles, as well as modern office space in a live ecosystem. 

"With Israel as a global innovation hub, particularly with automotive technology, this new lab is a natural next step for us and will allow the Alliance to leverage the strengths of Israel’s startup ecosystem,” said Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, Alliance EVP, Engineering. “Through collaborations with promising local startups with cutting-edge technologies, we aim to develop a variety of key technologies, which will be essential for the future of mobility." 

"The opening of this new facility is a special milestone for us. It is part of the Alliance's growing engagement in the Israeli ecosystem, after setting-up our local innovation lab", said Antoine Basseville, Director of the Alliance Innovation Lab Tel Aviv.  “We believe that our new facility, the Alliance partnerships with the IIA (Israel Innovation Authority), with the municipality and university of Tel Aviv, will contribute to create a comprehensive mobility ecosystem in Atidim in a wide array of fields from smart city to our technical fields”

Being a selected operator of the Israel Innovation Authority's 'Technological Innovation Labs' program, the lab offers advantageous funding for POCs carried out by Israeli start-ups focusing on smart mobility.

The lab also works in close cooperation with Alliance Ventures, the Alliance corporate venture capital fund that plans to invest up to US$ 1 billion over five years in start-ups, early-stage technology companies and entrepreneurial talents and has already invested in Maniv Mobility fund in Israel.

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