Renault’s new Scientific Director is none other than Siri’s co-creator: the French-American engineer Luc Julia. The French diamond maker made the announcement late last week as part of another recruit from Tech.
In his “Renaulution” plan, which set goals for the next five years, the new CEO Luca de Meio described Renault as a “technology company” rather than a manufacturer. This time he will actually have one foot in Silicon Valley.
Ex-Apple, co-creator of Siri
Frenchman Luc Julia forged most of his career in California. He was born in Toulouse, France, but completed his telecommunications student training in the United States, where he is among the headliners of research in the field of artificial intelligence and the human-machine interface.
He was recently taken over by Samsung as vice president of innovation, yet is known for his role as co-creator of Siri, Apple’s voice assistant, thanks to its first patents filed in 1997 (Siri launched in 2007) and its software, The Assistant.
A first contract in France
At Challenges, the engineer explains that this is the first time he has worked in France. It will be on behalf of Renault as “Scientific Director”. The merger with the manufacturer took place only a few months ago after a visit to Paris and a dinner with the CEO of Renault.
In an interview with the weekly newspaper, he said that he did not intend to stay at Renault’s headquarters in Boulogne-Billancourt for all of his months. The diamond brand will therefore have its antenna in the US, one foot in Silicon Valley, which corresponds to the line the brand unveiled during a conference on January 14th.
Electric car, autonomous car and recycling
To enter the new decade and end 2020 with delicate deals, the new CEO Renault has deeply transformed Renault into the reality of an industry in full turmoil. Technology, services and the highest returns will be key to this new roadmap, which will be covered under the title “Renaulution”.
Future projects therefore concern the opening of a production facility in the north dedicated exclusively to electric cars. These future models not only have to perfect their batteries and their new charging technologies, but will also enter a new market for which they can differentiate themselves through on-board technologies and the transition to indoor spaces to the “place of life”. that driving becomes autonomous.
In terms of ecology, Renault also plans to rebuild its site in Flins. To the west of Paris, the manufacturer’s historic production facility is being turned into a “recycling center” to accelerate the Group’s circular economy in a new era of electronic components and batteries.
“Our goal is to generate more sales than the assembly of cars by 2030.” A goal that is estimated at “one billion euros” […] in the circular economy, ”said Luca de Meio last week on the subject.