#OPENINNOVATION

With open innovation companies stop looking inward and instead open up to a diverse group of outside players: partners, start-ups, universities, and more, all while promoting creativity at the company. The industry is constantly evolving; if you can work in new ways using new technology and come up with new possibilities, you are prepared to explore new horizons.
SOPHIE SCHMIDTLIN,
DIRECTOR OF ADVANCED ENGINEERING AT GROUPE RENAULT

OPENING UP FOR BETTER INNOVATION

The future of mobility is electric, connected and autonomous: these are just a few of the applications that are driving Groupe Renault to be more open to the outside world, to seek out the talents and partners we need, and to adopt new working methods and ways of thinking.

Innovation is everyone’s business. The vehicle of the future will come out of a process that combines in-house creativity, outside collaborations and Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi synergies. A new approach designed to keep pace with the rise of new technology, new forms of mobility and new customer uses.

 

ALLIANCE VENTURES

Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi has launched Alliance Ventures, a new corporate venture capital fund that plans to invest up to $1 billion over the next five years to support open innovation. In the first year, it intends to prioritize new mobility with a $200-million initial investment.

• This new entity will be a major partner for start-ups and investors, and a key player in the venture capital ecosystem.
• The fund prioritizes open innovation in the new mobility field, including electric vehicles, self-driving systems, connectivity, and artificial intelligence.

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INNOVATION COMES FROM BEING OPEN TO THE WORLD, AND CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS COME FROM UNEXPECTED PLACES!

Groupe Renault is always developing more outside collaborations to co-innovate with partners and deliver new services and new mobility solutions to customers. Today, this open innovation also includes start-ups, which are often at the cutting edge when it comes to new ways of developing and boosting innovation.

Open Innovation Labs: Where Innovation Lives

In 2011 Groupe Renault established a foothold in Silicon Valley,  where our teams can draw on a diverse ecosystem (made up of universities, start-ups and major companies), take a page out of their book and get inspired by their creativity.
This center for global innovation is tasked with making use of existing opportunities and skills in the region, with a focus on three areas: electric vehicles and their ecosystems, in-vehicle well-being and new services.

Having gained a foothold in Silicon Valley, Groupe Renault went on to create two new Open Innovation Labs.

The first is in Israel, ranked as one of the top five countries with the most conducive ecosystems for start-ups and home to academic research institutions. This site, opened in 2016, aims to promote electric vehicles and foster creativity with a focus on the mobility of the future.

The second of these Open Innovation Labs is “Le Square”, located in Paris. This is where Renault teams work with start-ups and outside partners to identify new working methods and the future of mobility.

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OUR COOPERATIVE INNOVATION LABORATORY

The LCI (Cooperative Innovation Laboratory) takes its cues from the start-up approach. It is home to Groupe Renault employees from three divisions: Products, Design and Engineering.

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PROMOTE CROSS-DISCIPLINARY DISCUSSIONS BY FORGING STRONGER TIES

After years spent focusing solely on internal-combustion vehicles, the automotive industry is now diversifying. This diversity means that auto manufacturers can no longer expect to possess all the skills and expertise they need to design and develop the vehicles of the future, given that the skills involved are cutting-edge and constantly evolving.

GROUPE SANEF AND GROUPE RENAULT PARTNERSHIP

By connecting autonomous vehicles to road infrastructure, Groupe Renault and Sanef are coming one step closer to the goal of eliminating fatal traffic accidents and freeing up time for travelers. We are continuing to be pioneers in this field by driving a prototype through a toll barrier while in autonomous mode.
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RENAULT AND SCOOP, INFRASTRUCTURE FOR THE CAR OF THE FUTURE

As part of the SCOOP project, Renault is working with infrastructure management organizations, regional and local authorities, universities, and scientific and research institutions to connect cars to the road. The pilot project for rolling out smart, cooperative transportation systems will make it possible to improve road safety and streamline traffic flows.
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GROUPE RENAULT TEAMS UP WITH NUMA TO LAUNCH CITYMAKERS

The open innovation program CityMakers—launched in 2017 by Groupe Renault, NUMA and their partners Nissan, RCI Bank and Services, AXA and the City of Paris—aims to accelerate the transition to flexible, sustainable urban mobility. CityMakers attributes start-ups working with mobility experts to the aforementioned partners to help them each develop an innovative solution to a future mobility challenge. Following the success of the first edition, a second season of CityMakers was announced in July 2018, bringing together new partners: Europcar Mobility Group, MAIF and Shell. Six new challenges have been put to the candidates.
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ROUEN NORMANDY AUTONOMOUS LAB

As part of the Rouen Normandy Autonomous Lab (RNAL), Groupe Renault is participating in tests for an on-demand, driverless car service on open roads—a first in Europe—by providing four electric ZOE vehicles. This service, which was developed in collaboration with partners such as the Rouen Normandie Metropolitan Authority, Transdev group and Matmut group, has been available since September 2018 to residents of Rouen.
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Autonomous Toll Barriers
SCOOP
CityMakers
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