[TL;DR] Tech news that you shouldn’t miss this 09/18
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Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is joining forces with Google to bring its vehicles into the era of infotainment. The Franco-Japanese alliance will use Android to offer its customers new services on board its cars.
Why this is important: Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi, which sold 10.6 million cars worldwide in 2017, will thus offer its customers the Google Maps mapping service, the Google Assistant intelligent personal assistant system, which will make it possible to “talk to the car ”to activate certain commands, and the Google Play Store which will give access to a selection of applications adapted to the automotive world. The system will be open so that motorists can download assistants from other brands. It will therefore be compatible with other operating systems such as Apple iOS. Initially, this software will not equip all the cars of the three manufacturers, but they will be gradually extended to all ranges if the experience is satisfactory. This partnership is part of the “Alliance 2022” plan, which also provides for the launch of 12 new 100% electric models as well as the development of autonomous driving technologies.
Google is inaugurating an artificial intelligence laboratory in Paris. The Parisian laboratory should employ a hard core of around twenty researchers.
Why this is important: Google is building a network of artificial intelligence research centers around the world. The Parisian center must become “a central platform for our research centers in Europe“Said Jeff Dean, global head of artificial intelligence for Google. Artificial intelligence researchers will be installed in Google’s brand new Parisian research center, a completely renovated 6,000 m2 building next to Google France’s headquarters in the 9th arrondissement of Paris. The Parisian research center, launched in 2011, now has around 180 French and foreign engineers. They work in particular to improve the tools of Chrome, the Internet browser of Google, of YouTube or of Google Arts & Culture.