Groupe Renault has inked an agreement with Intel to acquire the latter’s French software research and development activities, based in the cities of Toulouse and Sophia-Antipolis. With the move, the carmaker intends to bring in a broad spectrum of skills required and experience to develop the embedded software for next-generation vehicles. In particular, Renault is hoping to acquire expertise in areas such as personalized information services and remote software update without human interaction.
The expertise of the Intel teams is complementary to the one that can be found at the carmaker. Renault does not only hope to get access to the content of Intel’s research activities but also to advanced methods and tools as well as to Intel’s network of suppliers, laboratories and partner companies.
The new company with a headcount of about 400 will be attached to Renault’s Systems Engineering Department. It is expected that the move will be finalized during the second half of the year.