Renault creates dedicated mobility division
10 October 2019
10 October 2019
Renault is creating Renault M.A.I. (mobility as an industry), an operating subsidiary exclusively dedicated to new mobility services.
By consolidating all the company’s mobility activities into a single entity, Renault aims to create synergies, simplify the decision-making process, clarify existing offers and create new ones. Renault M.A.I. will also bring together other players in the field of mobility through strategic partnerships.
The subsidiary will partner with cities, regulatory authorities and transport operators, as well as companies in other sectors, to promote shared mobility and address environmental issues. Renault has, for example, established a relationship with the University of Paris-Saclay to research and develop mobility services.
Meeting mobility needs
′Increasingly, the market is being structured according to the habits of consumers who are less interested in owning a vehicle than in a multimodal, innovative, connected, and more ecological offer adapted to the diversity of their needs,’ Renault comments in its statement.
The challenge is to invent new forms of mobility in urban environments and outlying suburban areas as well as opening up rural areas in France and beyond. In this context, Renault and Nissan have partnered with Waymo to explore the introduction of driverless mobility services in France and Japan.
′By 2050, nearly 70% of the world’s population will live in urban areas, compared to 55% today, which will represent an additional 2.5 billion urban dwellers. This perspective provides an insight into the immense challenges facing the quality of life, housing, transportation and health in cities,’ Renault says.
Thierry Bolloré, CEO of Groupe Renault and president of RENAULT M.A.I. declared: ′After a “test and learn” phase, the Group is taking a major step forward in its development. Our ambition is to be one of the world’s leading operators of new shared, accessible and sustainable mobility by remaining faithful to our DNA of technological innovation and proximity to the ultimate consumer. The mission of Arnaud Molinié, Managing Director of RENAULT M.A.I., will be to develop existing assets, accelerate the conquest of new markets, and help their organisation by forging new partnerships with all the private and public players involved in this new industrial revolution.’