The new acquisition will accelerate the expansion of the Renault-Nissan connected vehicle and mobility services programmes
The Renault –Nissan Alliance has the announced the acquisition of French software-development company Sylpheo. This will accelerate the expansion of its connected vehicle and mobility services programmes.
Ogi Redzic, alliance senior vice president of connected vehicles and mobility services said, “The Sylpheo team of software developers and cloud engineers joining the Alliance will have a unique opportunity to work on our next generation of connected cars and other advanced technologies.
“They will be playing a critical role in this new era of tremendous change for the global auto industry.”
The Alliance is set to launch over 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology by 2020. Connected car technology will allow the Alliance to offer new services to customers as well as increase business efficiencies.
This latest acquisition is the Alliance’s latest step toward accelerating that development. Following Redzic’s appointment in January to lead the mobility and connectivity services team, the world’s fourth largest car group launched a recruitment campaign to hire 300 technology experts.
“Sylpheo’s team of 40 engineers and consultants will bring software development and cloud engineering expertise to the organisation. The technology they will help develop will mean better products and services for our customers and efficiency for our business. The acquisition of Sylpheo is just one of many steps Renault-Nissan Alliance is taking to ensure its continued innovation leadership in the automotive industry,” Redzic added.
This new deal reflects Renault-Nissan’s ongoing commitment toward creating an automotive future with zero emissions and zero fatalities. Whether it is electric vehicles, autonomous drive or connectivity services, the Alliance strategy is to incorporate advanced technology on mass-market vehicles at affordable prices.
The Renault-Nissan Alliance is a strategic partnership between Paris-based Renault and Yokohama, Japan-based Nissan, which together sell one in ten cars worldwide. The companies, which have been strategic partners since 1999, sold 8.5 million cars in nearly 200 countries in 2015.
The Alliance also operates strategic collaborations with other automakers, including Germany’s Daimler, China’s Dongfeng, and Japan’s Mitsubishi Motors. It also has a majority stake in the joint venture that owns Russia’s top automaker, AVTOVAZ.
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