Carlos Ghosn, CEO of the Franco-Japanese alliance Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, said Monday that he did not see his new partner Google as a threat to the control of the data of future connected vehicles. “I don’t see a partner as a threat”Said the CEO of the alliance, which claims the world’s leading car manufacturer with more than 10.6 million vehicles sold in 2017.
Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi announced in September the signing of a global agreement with Google to equip its future vehicles with innovative software. The contract foresees that the alliance will use the Android system to offer new services in cars.
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This partnership has fueled doubts or criticisms about the risk of bringing a tech giant into the automotive industry. “We reached this agreement after long negotiations. We do not intend to lose control over our products. We keep control», Declared Carlos Ghosn during a conference in Paris on the eve of the first press day of the Paris Motor Show.
“We are very careful“, Assured the boss of the Franco-Japanese alliance, but”we know that we cannot make autonomous and connected cars alone. We are going to need partners. We will see more cooperations like this“, he said. He underlined the central role that car manufacturers will continue to play, despite the arrival of new entrants from the technology sector in the cars of the future. “We are the architects and assemblers of technologies for the benefit of the user“, did he declare.