In its efforts to further the development of autonomous cars, Renault is now part of a joint venture Autonomous Vehicle Simulation (AVS) that it formed together with Oktal, a subsidiary of Sogeclair, a French leading high-tech engineering company specialized in the design and development of industrial products and simulation solutions for the aerospace sector.
The 35 percent stake in AVS will enable Renault and the Renault-Nissan alliance to focus on developing advanced technologies for autonomous vehicles, which are to be tested in a virtual environment. The partnership will also make it easier for Renault to fullfill its commitment to launch more than 10 vehicles with autonomous capabilities by 2020.
Renault-Nissan collaborated with Oktal for many years prior to establishing AVS. Together they developed SCANeRTM driving simulation software, which is set to be improved and further worked upon within the newly-formed AVS to strengthen its position as a world leader in its field.