Renault Group and Valeo enter software-defined vehicle development deal


Renault Group and Valeo have entered into a partnership to develop the electrical and electronic architecture of the Group’s next-generation vehicles. The Software Defined Vehicle (SDV) architecture can ensure that vehicles are always up to date throughout their life cycle and capable of integrating new functionalities – and all without hardware modifications.

As part of the partnership, Valeo will supply key electrical and electronic components for the SDV, including the High-Performance Computer (HPC), which is  the core control of vehicle driving strategies and driver assistance systems (ADAS); zone controllers, which provide efficient power management and a reduction in wiring harness; electrical distribution modules; and ADAS components including ultrasonic sensors, driving and parking cameras.

Valeo engineers will work closely with the Renault Group sites in Guyancourt, Toulouse and Sophia-Antipolis, and will also work with the Renault Software Factory teams on software development. Valeo will also provide on-board application software, such as parking assistance technology.

The companies say this partnership will help to reduce development times and costs for the electrical and electronic architecture while focusing on high performance, compatibility and safety.

In addition to the agreements signed with Google for the OS, Cloud and Digital Twin, and with Qualcomm for the Digital Chassis and the System-on-Chip, Renault Group says this collaboration with Valeo will enable it to strengthen its control of the software-defined vehicle value chain.

“The arrival of Valeo in our tech ecosystem is an important step towards the co-construction of our Software Defined Vehicle (SDV),” added François Provost, Renault Group Chief Purchasing, Partnerships, and Public Affairs Officer. “Renault Group, and its future entity Ampere dedicated to electric vehicles and software, continues to strengthen its position in the value chain of tomorrow, to become the next-generation automotive company.“

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