Renault and Orange join forces to explore uses for 4G on future vehicles

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Published December 11th, 2013 - 06:37 GMT

Renault and Orange are collaborating on a research project to test the automotive uses of very-high-speed, 4G/LTE (Long Term Evolution) connectivity. 

Tomorrow’s vehicles will be hyper-connected, enabling motorists to safely access their professional and personal digital worlds, wherever driving circumstances permit. 

Under the partnership, Orange rolled out 4G in advance at Renault’s research and testing facilities. The aim is for both teams to test new uses made possible by very-high-speed mobile technology in real-life situations, ranging from virtual office and cloud gaming to video conferencing. An initial test is underway on the NEXT TWO prototype based on Renault ZOE  and to be presented on the Renault stand at the LeWeb’13 Paris conference. 

Rémi Bastien, Head of Engineering Innovation at Renault, said: “This partnership is an example of an effective working relationship between two very different worlds. We were able to benefit ahead of time from a high-speed LTE network and from Orange’s expertise, with an opportunity to take advantage of the network for our prototype of the connected vehicle of the future.” 

Nathalie Leboucher, Head of the Smart Cities Program at Orange, said: “We are delighted to provide Renault with the unrivalled performance of our 4G network and thereby contribute to the development of new Web-mobility uses and services for vehicles of the future. Connected cars with communications services make travelling more efficient, and this is a major development priority in Orange’s strategy.” 

Connected vehicles are already a reality. With Renault R-Link, Renault provides its customers with an integrated and connected multimedia touch tablet. Automotive research consultancy SBD rated R-Link the ‘best system’ over six other leading European OE infotainment and navigation systems. R-Link, available on most Renault range models, already features nearly 100 apps. Renault relies on the connectivity and know-how of Orange Business Services, which supplies the SIM M2M cards used in R-Link-equipped cars.

Background Information

Renault Middle East

A group with industrial and commercial presence in 118 countries, Renault designs, develops, manufactures and sells innovative, safe and environmentally-friendly vehicles worldwide. Its 128,893 employees contribute to a strategy of profitable growth based on three key factors: competitiveness, innovation and international expansion.

Renault is Europe's leading brand, the only vehicle manufacturer to have eight cars with the maximum five-star Euro NCAP rating, and the winner of the Formula 1 World Championship for Constructors and Drivers. The group is accelerating its international development with the new Logan and pursuing the Alliance with Nissan.

Orange

Orange Jordan is one of the 29 subsidiaries of Orange Group, a leading telecommunications operator in the world that ranks in the top ten among its competitors.. Orange Jordan is an international brand with a local spirit, applying globally acquired experience to initiate and maintain a digital transformation of the country that will lead to greater opportunities at shared socioeconomic prosperity for its people. It has an expanding customer base of more than five million, a network of around 1,800 dedicated employees, and more than 55 branches. 

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