The partners want to develop low-carbon, shared, and responsible mobility solutions
Five automotive and technology companies are joining forces to create an open ecosystem for intelligent and sustainable mobility.
Atos, Dassault Systèmes, Groupe Renault, STMicroelectronics and Thales are pooling their complementary expertise in the areas of artificial intelligence (AI), cybersecurity, connectivity, embedded electronics and virtual twins to create the Software République.
The aim is to provide “an enriched and sustainable mobility offer” for cities, regions, businesses and citizens.
Areas of cooperation
Three main areas of cooperation have been identified to jointly develop and market intelligent mobility systems, enabling the implementation of an adapted and agile mobility offer: intelligent systems to facilitate secure connectivity between the vehicle and its digital and physical environment; simulation and data management systems to optimise flows for territories and companies; and energy ecosystem to simplify the charging experience.
Luca de Meo, chief executive officer of Groupe Renault, said that in the new mobility value chain, on-board intelligence systems are the new driving force, “where all research and investment are now concentrated”.
He added: “Faced with this technological challenge, we are choosing to play collectively and openly. There will be no centre of gravity, the value of each will be multiplied by others. The combined expertise in cybersecurity, microelectronics, energy and data management will enable us to develop unique, cutting-edge solutions for low-carbon, shared, and responsible mobility, made in Europe.”
In a statement, the founding members said the following topics are being discussed:
Plug and charge: the development of new technologies and services to allow an electric car, connected to a compatible charging point, to be automatically recognised, and to perform a charge without any action by the user.
Optimising mobility flows for territories: to facilitate access to and simulation of mobility information exchanges, instantaneously and openly across cities and regions to enable:
- consumers to always select the best means of mobility according to time, comfort or energy management.
operators to enrich their services
- public authorities to simulate and implement mobility scenarios, such as emergency management, events and more
- urban planners to better anticipate land use planning.
To foster innovation, the Software République will also seek to create an investment fund to finance the most promising start-ups and an incubator to host start-ups in the field of smart mobility technologies, where they will have access to a collaborative virtual development and experimentation environment, and mentoring through a value network.
“The new mobility economy will be organised into new, collaborative value networks based on digital platforms”
For the launch of the ecosystem for start-ups and universities, the partners of the Software République plan to organise a data challenge to contribute to the development of the technologies for the mobility of tomorrow in the areas of electric, connected and autonomous vehicles.
“As a technology creator and integrator of complex solutions, we will make available to this unique ecosystem our digital expertise in reducing the carbon footprint and our innovative technologies in key areas such as artificial intelligence, digital security, cloud, IoT or high-performance computing,” said Elie Girard, chief executive officer, Atos. “Combining the strengths of five of the world’s leading automotive and technology players, this initiative promises to accelerate the decarbonisation of mobility.”
“The Software République is thus a multi-industry and multidisciplinary ecosystem that aims to accelerate innovation and grow the driving forces of tomorrow.”
In line with its sustainable vocation, the Software République will be based in Guyancourt at the Renault Technocentre in a building called Odyssée, an eco 12,000 square metre space. Its interior and exterior structure is 100 per cent wood, with one tonne of CO2 saved per square metre built in comparison to a standard building, and the 1,000 square metre roof of the building is covered with photovoltaic panels.
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