BOULOGNE-BILLANCOURT, France and BURLINGTON, Mass. -- Cerence Inc. and Renault Group today announced they have signed a multi-year agreement to build the automaker’s next-generation co-pilot.

Cerence and Renault have teamed to significantly enhance the in-car experience through human-like interaction with the vehicle, creating an in-car companion that proactively guides the customer by teaching, explaining, suggesting, and simplifying features. The offering, based on Cerence Assistant, is expected to appear in the next generation of Renault vehicles. A preview of the full multichannel experience will be seen on the Renault booth during the Paris Motor Show.

The new, humanized co-pilot will be showcased on the openRlink intelligent, connected system, starting with the next generation of Renault vehicles. Examples of new, AI-powered capabilities include:

> The introduction of new vehicle functionalities for the customer, such as initial set-up and guided tours

> Finding the most optimal EV charging station based on driving behavior and location, for example using a slow charger when parked at a movie theater or making a quick stop before heading home, or a fast charger when highway driving or taking a long trip

> Proactive suggestions for useful, intelligent functions, such as adjusting the temperature or selecting the right driving mode at the right time.

“Our partnership with Cerence on the next generation Renault HMI will offer intuitive and natural interactions that deliver real value to our drivers and also to the passengers,” said Luc Julia, Chief Scientific Officer.

“Renault has a legacy of excellence, one that is on full display here as it builds the company’s next-generation in-car assistant,” said Stefan Ortmanns, CEO, Cerence. “With Cerence Assistant and our extensive portfolio of AI technologies at the core, this new Renault offering will enable a safer, more enjoyable, more productive journey for all Renault drivers.”

About Cerence Inc.

Cerence is the global industry leader in creating unique, moving experiences for the mobility world. As an innovation partner to the world’s leading automakers and mobility OEMs, it is helping advance the future of connected mobility through intuitive, powerful interaction between humans and their vehicles, connecting consumers’ digital lives to their daily journeys no matter where they are. Cerence’s track record is built on more than 20 years of knowledge and more than 450 million cars shipped with Cerence technology. Whether it’s connected cars, autonomous driving, e-vehicles, or two-wheelers, Cerence is mapping the road ahead