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.
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.
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.
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.