Autonomous Minibus Debuts at Roland-Garros

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Renault, a premium partner of Roland-Garros, the French Tennis Federation (FTT), and WeRide, a leading autonomous driving technology company, have introduced an L4 driverless minibus shuttle service for the Grand Slam tennis tournament on the red clay courts.

Key Highlights:

  • Renault, FTT, and WeRide Collaboration: This partnership showcases WeRide’s expertise in autonomous driving, reinforcing its reputation in the global market.
  • Shuttle Service Details: The L4 driverless minibus operates between the P2 parking lot and Roland-Garros Stadium, covering a 5-km route in approximately 12 minutes, catering to VIPs and media from May 26 to June 9, between 11:00 AM and 7:00 PM.
  • WeRide Robobus: Known for its full-stack, self-developed autonomous driving system, the WeRide Robobus is deployed in nearly 30 cities worldwide, offering green and low-carbon shuttle services in diverse scenarios.
  • Strategic Milestone: Launching the Robobus at Roland-Garros marks WeRide’s entry into the European market, with plans to develop a localized L4 driverless minibus for Europe in collaboration with Renault Group.

The L4 driverless minibus shuttle service at Roland-Garros aims to provide efficient and eco-friendly transportation for tournament attendees. The service operates from the P2 parking lot at Bois de Boulogne to Roland-Garros Stadium and back, including a stop at Auteuil Gate Square. WeRide’s Robobus integrates advanced autonomous driving technology, offering a seamless and green travel experience.

WeRide’s CEO, Tony Han, expressed gratitude for Renault Group’s support, stating, “Launching the Robobus shuttle service at Roland-Garros marks the first step in our joint effort with Renault Group to promote low-carbon public transportation with autonomous driving. This is also another significant milestone in WeRide’s international strategy, marking our official entry into the European market. Moving forward, we will work together with Renault to bring safe, comfortable, and green autonomous public transportation services to users in Europe.”

The collaboration between Renault Group and WeRide aims to develop a localized version of the L4 driverless minibus tailored for the European public transportation sector. It is anticipated that the demand for such vehicles will reach several thousand units per year in the near future.

On May 15, Renault Group held a press conference in Paris to outline its autonomous driving strategy, emphasizing the importance of low-carbon travel solutions for the European market.

About WeRide: Founded in 2017, WeRide is a global leader in autonomous driving technology, covering Levels 2 to 4. It is the only company with driverless permits in China, the US, the UAE, and Singapore, operating in over 30 cities across seven countries. WeRide’s product lineup includes Robotaxi, Robobus, Robovan, Robosweeper, and advanced driving solutions. The company collaborates with major OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers like Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Yutong Group, GAC Group, and BOSCH. WeRide was ranked 8th on Fortune magazine’s 2023 Change the World list.

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