The Renault-Nissan alliance’s French side entered in a partnership with wireless service provider Orange in order to explore uses for 4G on future vehicles.
The partnership will provide Renault and Orange with a real-life testing framework for exploring new connectivity applications on vehicles using high-speed technologies.
Everyone foresees tomorrow’s vehicles will be hyper-connected. It is believed where driving circumstances permit, motorists will be able to access their professional and personal digital worlds from their vehicles in complete safety.
To prepare for that future, Renault and Orange both said they have joined forces as part of a research project on testing the automotive uses of very-high-speed, 4G/LTE (Long Term Evolution) connectivity.
Under the partnership, Orange said it has rolled out 4G in advance at Renault’s research and testing facilities. The aim is to enable both partners’ teams to test in real-life situations the uses enabled by very-high-speed mobile technology, ranging from virtual office and cloud gaming to video conferencing.
“We are delighted to provide Renault with the unrivalled performance of our 4G network and thereby contribute to the development of new web-mobility uses and services for the vehicles of the future,” said Nathalie Leboucher, Head of the Smart Cities Program at Orange. “Connected cars make travelling more efficient through communicating services and stand as a major development priority in Orange’s strategy”.
Both partners said an initial test is underway on the NEXT TWO prototype, which is based on the Renault ZOE electric vehicle, and to be presented on the Renault stand at the upcoming Le Web’13 conference.
“This partnership is an example of an effective working relationship between two very different worlds,” said Rémi Bastien, Head of Engineering Innovation at Renault. “We were able to benefit ahead of time from a high-speed LTE network and from Orange’s expertise, with an opportunity to take advantage of the network for our prototype of the connected vehicle of the future.”