[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.

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Credits: Renault.

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.

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Olivier Bousquet, the boss of intelligence activities
artificial Google in Europe. Credits: Elisabeth Bargès – Google.

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.

Uber wants to afford Careem, its rival in the Middle East. No final decision has been taken for the moment but a buyout for 2 to 2.5 billion dollars is mentioned.

p><h3 class=Kayrros, 21 million euros to bring transparency to the energy market. The start-up, specializing in the predictive analysis of oil and gas production, storage or consumption flows, wishes to extend its solution to the entire energy mix.

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Antoine Rostand, president and cofounder of Kayrros. Credit: Decode media

Why this is important: Kayrros has already established itself as a world leader in the provision of crude oil intelligence. The latest funding round will allow the company to strengthen its coverage of the global crude oil value chain, from production and storage to transportation and consumption. Kayrros hopes to bring new granularity to energy markets and expand into other sectors, including petroleum products, power generation, natural gas and renewables. The lead, provided by the Franco-Chinese fund Cathay Innovation, will allow the start-up a significant opening on the Asian market.

UiPath, $ 225 million to remove low value-added tasks from work. This lift also allows the company to reach a valuation of 3 billion dollars.

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Daniel Dines, CEO of UiPath. Credits: UiPath.

Why this is important: UiPath develops software robots that automate the repetitive tasks of employees within companies. Based on artificial intelligence, the RPA tools of the Romanian company are designed to be endowed with an almost human capacity for perception, learning and assistance of employees, in order to support them in their decision-making. With this funding round, UiPath wishes to accelerate the development of its offer of products equipped with artificial intelligence and increase its number of partners. The company is to be expected to make repurchases since it also plans to use these funds for “consider targeted acquisition opportunities“.