Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors announced a technology partnership that will make its vehicles among the first to use Google's Android operating system in its dashboards to control navigation, infotainment and apps directly installed in vehicles.
Two of the auto industry's most prominent global leaders — General Motors CEO Mary Barra and Carlos Ghosn, CEO of Renault and chairman of Nissan Motor and Mitsubishi Motors — will be keynote speakers at the Automotive News World Congress in January.
Renault-Nissan has picked former Daimler executive Kal Mos to lead the alliance's connected car activities. Mos succeeds Ogi Redzic, a former Nokia executive who was head of connected vehicles and mobility services at alliance since 2016.
VW plans to start offering car-sharing services using full-electric vehicles in German cities next year. The automaker added that the service would be expanded to major cities in Europe, North America and Asia as early as 2020.
Renault and Nissan have given themselves two years to decide on a possible merger between the two automakers or find an alternative mechanism to enhance their partnership, people familiar with the matter said.
Amid persistent speculation about the future of the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Chairman Carlos Ghosn told shareholders of Nissan and Mitsubishi that Renault isn't engineering a takeover of its Japanese partners.