Renault, Waymo partner on a potential self-driving route from Paris airportOctober 16, 2019
Renault and Waymo plan to create an autonomous mobility service from the airport to the business district.
Renault and Waymo said they will explore the possibility of creating an autonomous mobility service between Charles de Gaulle Airport in Paris and the huge business district La Defense, located west of the city, with the possible purpose of holding it for the 2024 Olympics.
Renault and Waymo, a parent company in the production of automotive vehicles of the parent company Google Alphabet, will be partners in the Ile-de-France region in this enterprise. Valerie Pecress, president of the region in which Paris is a part, says he is investing € 100 million in autonomous vehicle infrastructure.
“I hope that we can bring this project to a successful conclusion to the Olympic Games in Paris,” Pecress said in a press release. According to Pekress, this service will benefit both residents and tourists.
The distance to the airport from La Défense, where many of the largest French companies are based, is about 32 km, and the trip can take up to an hour and a half due to frequent traffic jams.
Renault and Nissan plan to develop a roboticax service by 2022, according to the all-medium-term plan of the alliance for 2022, presented by former alliance chairman Carlos Ghosn. The route between Charles de Gaulle Airport and Paris will be ideal for autonomous vehicles due to the ease of adding the appropriate infrastructure, Ghosn told Automotive News Europe in 2018.
Last year, Renault demonstrated a number of autonomous concepts, including the EZ-GO robotaxi, a joint autonomous vehicle concept that, according to the automaker, can be operated by private or state-owned companies, complementing cars and public transportation options such as subways or buses.
Renault has several standalone vehicle test programs, including in the geozone in Rouen, France, and another in the Paris area. In June, Renault, Nissan, and Waymo said they had partnered to develop self-driving systems for a number of vehicles.
Waymo is at the forefront of autonomous car technology. Since 2017, the company has allowed passengers to drive autonomous vehicles, which is especially noticeable in the United States, in the Phoenix, Arizona area. In 2018, Waymo launched a commercial driving service with safety drivers. This month, he told members of his early participation programs that he would soon introduce non-driver cars into the program, although at first the Waymo employee would probably be in the back seat.
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