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Groupe Renault joins new sustainable mobility consortium

Groupe Renault has joined a new consortium called Software Republique that is aiming to develop new sustainable mobility solutions for cities and citizens.

Luca de Meo, Elie Girard, Bernard Charlès, Jean-Marc Chery and Patrice Caine, respectively the chief executives of Groupe Renault, Atos, Dassault Systèmes, STMicroelectronics and Thales will focus on launching new services in the artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, connectivity, embedded electronics, and virtual twin technology spaces.

According to the Boston Consulting Group, the global mobility market will grow by 60% by 2035 to reach 11,000 billion euros.

This growth is mainly driven by the emergence of technological disruptions - electric vehicles (EVs), new components, new aftersales services and other value-added services - whose share will increase from 5% to 45% of the global mobility market.

Software Republique says major industrial players on other continents, with state support, are already positioning themselves to develop many of these new technologies through enhanced integration strategies.

The founding members of the new consortium are now expressing their urgency for France and the rest of Europe to collectively build a sustainable ecosystem.

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.

These start-ups will have access to a “collaborative virtual development and experimentation environment, and mentoring through a value network”.

Luca de Meo, Groupe Renault chief executive, says: “In the new mobility value chain, on-board intelligence systems are the new driving force, where all research and investment are now concentrated.

“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."

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