The automaker is using a cloud computing solution, provided by HP, to host the data collected by its electric vehicles. According to HP, Renault can adapt the cloud infrastructure to its needs, which may change if the electric vehicle market takes off. The data is stored in a data center located in France in Grenoble.
Renault has been using cloud computing for several months for the new “telematic services” accompanying its electric vehicles. It is his partner HP who has just made public information, remained until then confidential.
“The combination of HP technology and cloud services enables us to create the innovative and integrated end-to-end solutions that customers like Renault need to more effectively meet business goals, control costs and deliver on their commitments.” environmental ” , has said in a statement Gerald Karsenti, president and CEO, HP France.
The goal for the automaker would be to have computing capabilities adaptable to its needs, says HP. The electric car market is still subject to uncertain developments. And thanks to cloud computing, Renault will have computer capabilities that will adapt to the demand for electric cars.
“The IT capacity delivered is dynamically adjusted to the needs, which gives the company greater flexibility to meet its business needs, at minimal cost ,” HP said in a statement.
Follow the charge state of the batteries directly
Contacted by L’Usine Nouvelle, Renault refuses for the moment to comment on the subject. But according to our information, its telematics services have been exploiting the HP Cloud since the beginning of the year. These are services related to Kangoo ZE and Fluence ZE They allow for example the user to monitor the charging of the vehicle batteries, from his smartphone or personal computer. These services also make it possible to start a remote heating of the temperature in the vehicle or to start air conditioning. Finally, they are used to calculate in real time the range of autonomy depending on the state of the batteries.
The data is collected from the system embedded in the cars and transmitted to the Cloud hosting them. It is therefore mainly a storage cloud. System applications remain managed by Renault. More advanced services, always using the Cloud, must be presented on the occasion of the release of the Zoé, presented as “the electric Clio”, expected by the end of 2012.
A data center based in Grenoble
The cloud infrastructure chosen by Renault is housed in the Grenoble data center. Renault has therefore opted for a hexagonal location, which meets many issues, both legal and functional.
As Olivier Beaudet, CEO of Claranet, recently told us : “Many companies are moving towards local cloud solutions for legal reasons, but also for the connection performance they offer. certain issues of network latency, plus you benefit from local technical and commercial support, in French “.
Recall that the main concern of European companies regarding the cloud is hosting data abroad, and mainly in the United States. The American Patriot Act makes it possible to access any data hosted by an American company in case of risks related to terrorism.
In addition, the European Directive 95/46 / EC of 1995 prohibits the transfer of personal data outside the European Union, which is however a necessity for cloud computing services operating data centers across the Atlantic.
The European Commission is working on an update of this directive to take into account the emergence of cloud computing. But it will not be in force for two years, even two and a half years. Until then, players such as Renault prefer to opt for local cloud solutions.