Atos, Dassault Systèmes, Groupe Renault, STMicroelectronics and Thales have join forces to create Software République, laying the foundations for an open innovation ecosystem for urban mobility sector.
The move was announced by Elie Girard, Bernard Charlès, Luca de Meo, Jean-Marc Chery and Patrice Caine, respectively the chief executives of Atos, Dassault Systèmes, Groupe Renault, STMicroelectronics and Thales. By pooling their complementary expertise, the partners plan to develop and market together systems and software to provide an enriched and sustainable mobility offer for cities, regions, businesses and citizens. The ecosystem will welcome new members and develop open collaborations within Europe.
New products and services will be created through artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, connectivity, embedded electronics, and virtual twin technology. The open innovation ecosystem, founded by five leaders in the automotive and technology fields, will also welcome startups and universities in the development of open collaborations.
A matter of sovereignty
The growing urban mobility market will offer new opportunities and is set to grow by 60 per cent by 2035 to reach €11,000 billion, according to the Boston Consulting Group. The growth will be mainly driven by the emergence of technological disruptions: electric vehicles, new components, new after-sales services and other value-added services. Market share is expected to increase from 5 per cent to 45 per cent of the global mobility market.
In a statement announcing the new association, Software République said that major industrial players on other continents with the benefit of state support, had already positioned themselves to develop many of these new technologies needed through enhanced integration strategies. The founding members of Software République said there was an “urgency for France and Europe to collectively build a sustainable ecosystem that aims to ensure their sovereignty in this field.”
Software République has announced three main areas of cooperation:
- Intelligent systems to facilitate secure onnectivity between the vehicle and its digital and physical environment
Simulation and data management systems to optimise flows for territories and companies
Energy ecosystem to simplify the charging experience
Partners are currently discussing the following topics:
- Plug and Charge
- The development of new technologies and services to allow an electric car, connected to a compatible charging point, to be automatically recognised, and to perform a charge without any action by the user.
- Optimising mobility flows for territories
- The organisation is also facilitating access to and simulation of mobility information exchanges, instantaneously and openly across cities and regions, this will enable:
Consumers to always select the best means of mobility according to time, comfort or energy management
Operators to enrich their services
Public authorities to simulate and implement mobility scenarios, such as emergency management, events
Urban planners to better anticipate land use planning
Software République will also seek to create an investment fund to finance the most promising startups and an incubator to host startups in the field of smart mobility technologies, where they will have access to a collaborative virtual development and experimentation environment, and mentoring through a value network. The partners of the Software République plan to organise a data challenge to launch the ecosystem for startups and universities, this will contribute to the development of the technologies for the mobility of tomorrow: electric, connected and autonomous.
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