The French and Japanese automotive alliance partners, Renault and Nissan have announced the establishment of a new research and development joint venture in Shanghai, China, the Alliance Automotive Research and Development.
Renault and Nissan each hold 50% of this new entity which will conduct research and development focusing on autonomous drive, connected vehicles and electric vehicles.
The new Research and Development hub will be referred to as Alliance Innovation Lab Shanghai (AIL-SH).
Technologies pioneered by the innovation hub will be potentially applied to Renault and Nissan vehicles sold in China and around the world.
Takao Asami, Alliance SVP, Research and Advanced Engineering said, ‘ China is not only the world’s largest auto market but is also at the leading edge of new technologies that will change the face of future mobility.’
Under the Alliance 2022 mid-term plan, 12 new zero-emission electric vehicles are due to be launched by 2022, and 40 vehicles are to be introduced with different levels of autonomy and over 90% of vehicles will be connected cars globally. The plan also includes a commitment to operating robo-vehicle ride-hailing mobility services.