The Renault Group and Google are extending their four-year collaboration to encompass the creation of a cutting-edge software platform for upcoming automobiles. According to the firms, this “software-defined vehicle” will run Google’s Android Automotive operating system. And transmit data to its cloud servers for processing.
As part of a larger collaboration between Google and the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, one of the largest car groups in the world, Renault and the digital giant reached a pact in 2018. The Alliance stated that it would adopt Google’s native auto-operating system. Which includes built-in Assistant, Maps, and Play Store, as part of the agreement.
The announcement made today, however, only involves Google and Renault. It therefore only applies to the four brands of the French automaker: Renault, Dacia, Alpine, and Mobilize. Google has been named by Renault as its “preferred cloud provider.” (Other automobile manufacturers have used Amazon Web Services.)
That initial agreement concerned only installing Android in millions of new autos. The announcement made today is a little more intricate. The creation of a “Digital Twin,” or a virtual carbon copy of a car with cutting-edge artificial intelligence capabilities. This is what Google and Renault say they will collaborate on. This will allow for “easier and continuous integration of new services into the vehicle. And the creation of new onboard (In-Car Services) and offboard applications,” the companies said.
In a virtual simulation, Google and Renault say they will try out new AI capabilities and collaborate on software to enhance real-time diagnostics. Which will enhance the performance of the vehicle. When maintenance is required, the vehicle will alert the driver or possibly fix the issue on its own. Additionally, vehicle owners will be able to design a tailored experience that takes into account their driving habits, frequented areas, and EV charging stations. Additionally, actual data from the vehicle itself can be used to build an insurance model.
Moreover, in an effort to compete with Tesla, which has come to define what customers expect from their vehicle’s software other automakers are now creating software-defined vehicles.
Furthermore, the theory holds that a car is delivered with a basic set of hardware. The majority of its features are determined by its software, which can be upgraded and enhanced through over-the-air upgrades.
Over the past ten years, Google has attempted to enter the automotive industry. But has been somewhat thwarted by automakers wary of competition. However, the business has gotten a number of significant automakers, including Ford, GM, Volvo, Honda, and BMW, to submit to its demands.