Renault Group and Google have expanded their partnership with the intention to design and deliver the digital architecture required for the software-defined vehicle (SDV), while accelerating the group’s digitalization. In achieving these goals, the companies will develop a set of onboard and offboard software components for the SDV, and develop synergies and use cases related to Renault’s ‘Move to Cloud’ strategy.

The companies will jointly create a Digital Twin, a virtual twin of the vehicle that leverages advanced AI capabilities, for an easier and continuous integration of new services into the vehicle, as well as the creation of new on- and off-board applications.

Through the collaboration, the Renault Group is looking to reduce costs, while improving the efficiency, flexibility, and speed of vehicle development. In doing so, it ultimately aims to increase value for its customers through continuous software innovation. The automaker additionally plans to expand its use of Google Cloud technologies for the SDV, through which it will manage data capture and analytics alongside vehicle software development.

Among the new software use cases in development are Predictive maintenance (and better detection and rectification of failures in near real time if necessary), a personalized experience onboard the vehicle that adapts to the user’s driving behaviors and frequented destinations, and insurance models based on their actual usage and driving behaviors.

Combined with the ‘Software Defined Vehicle Platform and its Car Data Platform, Renault Group plans to monitor and analyze car usage for a better understanding of its customers needs and behaviors. This activity will allow customers to benefit further from better, highly personalized services, according to their expectations in compliance with the security and privacy norms that apply.