11 October 2019

Groupe Renault, Waymo and the Paris region are exploring setting up an autonomous mobility service between Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and La Défense

  • An initiative that aims to deploy, in the years to come, a new service that will be beneficial to Île-de-France residents and tourists, complementary to the existing transport offering.

  • This project is part of Groupe Renault's commitment to offer innovative and accessible solutions to tackle urban environmental congestion and pave the way for the smart cities of tomorrow.



Guyancourt, 11 October 2019 – France is committed to the development of autonomous vehicles with a strong national strategy in which stakeholders in the sector, and national and local authorities are involved.

To make France a leading country for the development of the autonomous vehicle, an innovative program of experimentations supported par the government, EVRA [1],  is in progress.

Groupe Renault participates in this program via 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 this context and following the signing in June 2019 of an exclusive agreement between Groupe Renault and Nissan with Waymo on autonomous mobility services in France and Japan, the Paris Region and Groupe Renault will explore the implementation of an autonomous mobility service between Roissy-Charles de Gaulle Airport and La Défense [2].

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 €100 million 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.
Valérie Pécresse, President of the Paris Region and President of Île-de-France Mobilités.

Tomorrow's mobility will be electric, connected, autonomous and shared. Driven by this conviction, we will, with our partner Waymo, work on this major project in coordination with the Paris Region, as well as the stakeholders of the SAM experiment program. And, as a French manufacturer, we are very proud to contribute to the influence and evolution of Paris and the Île-de-France region.
Hadi Zablit, SVP, Alliance Business Development.

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 Défense in Paris.
Adam Frost, Chief Automotive Programs and Partnerships Officer, Waymo.

[1] Expérimentation du Véhicule Routier Autonome – autonomous road vehicle experiment

[2]This project is part of the SAM (Sécurité et Acceptabilité de la conduite et de la Mobilité autonome – safety and acceptability of autonomous driving and mobility) experiments selected by the French government on April 24, 2019 following the EVRA () call for projects under the Investments for the Future (PIA) program.

Groupe Renault, which has manufactured cars since 1898, is an international group operating in 134 countries. In 2018, it sold nearly 3.9 million vehicles. Worldwide, the group employs more than 180,000 people and has 36 manufacturing sites and 12,700 points of sale. To address the major technological challenges of the future and continue to pursue its profitable growth strategy, Groupe Renault focuses on international expansion. To do this It builds on the synergies between its five brands (Renault, Dacia, Renault Samsung Motors, Alpine and LADA), the electric vehicle, and its unique alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors. With a 100% Renault owned team committed to the Formula 1 World Championship since 2016, the brand is involved in motorsports to boost innovation and name recognition. www.group.renault.com

Waymo is a self-driving technology company with a mission to make it safe and easy for people and things to move around. Since its start as the Google Self-Driving Car Project in 2009, Waymo has been focused on improving transportation for all people by building the world’s most experienced driver. To date, Waymo has driven over 10 million miles autonomously on public roads across 25 U.S. cities and completed over 10 billion miles of simulation testing. For more: www.waymo.com

As the leading transport funder with an annual investment budget of 750 million euros, the Paris Region invests in all forms of mobility to improve the quality of life of Île-de-France inhabitants. As part of the 250-million-euro plan to tackle traffic congestion, the Paris Region has voted a specific innovation fund of 60 million euros to create the 5th generation road to develop new forms of road mobility. In order to become the world's leading autonomous vehicle region, Paris Region has finally adopted a 100-million-euro plan to adapt the national road network in order to accelerate experimentation and help French carmakers and equipment manufacturers to improve their competitiveness and develop this technology that could be part of the solutions to face mobility challenge. www.iledefrance.fr

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