Renault Accelerates Waymo’s Robo-Taxi Push

Renault is helping on the expansion of Waymo’s robo-taxi plans with its cooperation in a pilot program in Paris.

The automaker says “France is committed to the development of autonomous vehicles” in a project bringing together auto industry stakeholders and both national and local regulatory authorities in the program dubbed EVRA [Expérimentation du Véhicule Routier Autonome]. Renault participates through a consortium of the PFA, the French automotive platform, with experiments of electric and autonomous on-demand vehicles in Rouen in conjunction with the Rouen Normandy Metropolitan Area and the Normandy Region; and on the Paris-Saclay urban campus with the Paris Region (Région Île-de-France) and Île-de-France Mobilités (Public Transport Authority of Paris Region).

In league with Waymo, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has pledged to explore the implementation of an autonomous mobility services in several locations including between Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport and La Défense.

Valérie Pécresse, president of the Paris Region and president of Île-de-France Mobilités, said: “This autonomous mobility service between Roissy and La Défense 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 €100M ($110M) to develop the infrastructure on which autonomous vehicles will operate. I hope that we will be able to bring this project to a successful conclusion for the Paris Olympic Games.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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