Renault and Waymo are putting together an initiative that explores setting up an autonomous mobility service between Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris and La Defense.
This project is part of Renault’s commitment to offering innovative and accessible solutions that fight urban congestion. The French government is also committed to the development of autonomous vehicles, a sector for which it aims to become a leading country.
“This autonomous mobility service between Roissy (CHD) and La Defense is likely to play a key role for the mobility of Île-de-France inhabitants, tourists and therefore for the international attractiveness of our Region, which is investing €100 million to develop the infrastructure on which autonomous vehicles will operate,” stated Valerie Pecresse, president of the Paris Region andÎle-de-France Mobilites.
“I hope that we will be able to bring this project to a successful conclusion for the Paris Olympic Games,” she added.
For those who don’t know, Paris will host the 2024 Summer Olympics, scheduled to take place from July 26 to August 11, 2024 – marking the French capital’s third time as an Olympic host.
According to the alliance’s 2020 mid-term plan, Renault and Nissan are looking to develop a robotaxi service by 2022, as reported by Autonews Europe. In turn, such a service could employ something like the EZ-GO concept, which could be operated by private or public companies according to Renault.
As for Waymo, they’re working together with the Renault Group to pursue the development of self-driving systems for a range of autonomous vehicles.
“France is a recognized global mobility leader, and we look forward to working with the Paris Region and our partner Groupe Renault to explore deploying the Waymo Driver on the critical business route stretching from Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport to La Defense in Paris,” said Adam Frost, chief automotive programs and partnerships officer at Waymo.