Renault-Nissan open Silicon Valley research office across from Google

Carlos Ghosn with Nissan LEAF

Renault-Nissan Alliance have announced that they will open a research office later this month in the heart of Silicon Valley. The office will be located directly across from the Google campus and minutes from leading hardware and software companies.

The companies said that the new offices in Mountain View will allow one of the world’s largest automotive groups to capitalize on the region’s world-class engineering to reshape the way people interact with their cars.

“The office will build staff organically to focus on specific projects and business developments as they emerge,” the companies said in a joint statement. “Small, highly efficient teams will initially work on vehicle IT development, advanced engineering research and technology recruitment.”

“The Alliance is at the vanguard of the auto industry’s shift to sustainable transportation. Having a greater footprint in one of the world’s headquarters for clean tech research will extend our lead further,” said Carlos Ghosn, CEO and Chairman of the Renault-Nissan Alliance, who is giving a talk at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR) today. Ghosn’s “Clean Cars” presentation at Stanford will focus on how and why zero-emission technologies is leading to unprecedented opportunities in the auto industry and economy.

Nissan will use the Silicon Valley office to focus on vehicle IT research, including graphical user-interface displays, in-car Internet connectivity and smart-grid research. Renault’s Silicon Valley work will focus on research and advanced engineering, in particular electric vehicles and their supplier and infrastructure ecosystem, on-board services and business development.

– By: Omar Rana