Renault Group and Valeo partner to advance software-defined vehicles

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Under a newly announced partnership, Renault Group and Valeo will work collaboratively on the development of the electrical and electronic architecture for the OEM’s next-generation vehicles. Using a software-defined vehicle (SDV) architecture, Renault vehicles will be kept up to date over their service life, in addition to having new features and functionalities added without the need for physical hardware modifications to the vehicles.

Valeo will be responsible for providing key electrical and electronic components, including a high-performance computer (HPC) for use within the SDV architecture. The company’s engineers will also work with Renault’s Software Factory teams on software development at the Guyancourt, Toulouse and Sophia-Antipolis sites. Additionally, Valeo will deliver onboard application software, including parking assistance.

The duo aims to greatly reduce the development times and costs of electrical and electronic architecture while still delivering high performance, compatibility and safety for its customers.

“This joint development reinforces the long-standing partnership between Valeo and Renault Group,” said Marc Vrecko, president, comfort and driving assistance systems business group of Valeo. “With this very important contract, Valeo is proud to collaborate with Renault Group to prepare the future of the software-defined vehicle. This strategic partnership demonstrates a strong commitment to work together to push the boundaries of automotive technology to improve the driving experience and safety of users.”

“The arrival of Valeo in our tech ecosystem is an important step towards the co-construction of our software-defined vehicle,” explained François Provost, Renault Group chief purchasing, partnerships and public affairs officer. “This new partnership brings together the skills, expertise and innovation of our two French companies to offer vehicles that are technologically advanced and competitive in terms of cost and development time. Renault Group, and its future entity Ampere, dedicated to electric vehicles and software, continues to strengthen its position in the value chain of tomorrow, to become the next-generation automotive company.”

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