The eco brief. Renault and four manufacturers create the “Software Republic”

A prototype of an autonomous vehicle presented by Renault at the Viva Technologie show in Paris, May 16, 2019. Illustrative photo. (BRUNO LEVESQUE / MAXPPP)

These four manufacturers are Dassault, Thales, STMicroelectronics and Atos. Dassault, much more than just airplanes, they are in particular software specialized in 3D design or digital model making; Thales is embedded computing, cybersecurity and connectivity solutions; STMicroelectronis, semiconductors and Atos digital expertise in carbon footprint reduction. These four manufacturers will collaborate with Renault, at the latter’s initiative, as part of an alliance called “Software République”.

Software in English, it means software. So it’s the Republic of Software… nothing less. These partners will work in particular on connectivity between the vehicle and its environment, simulation and data management systems, solutions to facilitate recharging of electric batteries. All this at the Renault technocentre, in Guyancourt in the Yvelines.

The autonomous car as such already exists. It is therefore necessary to do more and more detailed research to improve the vehicle and the related services. One of the first avenues of research will, for example, be to enable an electric car to be automatically recognized, when it is plugged into a compatible terminal, for a charge invoiced without intervention by the owner of the vehicle. The other axis will be to offer turnkey mobility offers to local authorities, offers adapted to the specificities of the territories.

The goal is to create an ecosystem open to other businesses, large and small. Also create an investment fund and an incubator to welcome start-ups. The announcement of the birth of this “Software Republic” in September sounds like a response, a contribution, from the private sector to the need to reindustrialize the French economic fabric.

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