The La Défense district is on the outskirts of Paris and is a hub for businesses, skyscrapers and a large shopping center. Waymo and Renault's goal is to have autonomous cars linking this area to Charles de Gaulle airport using autonomous cars in time for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games.
The initiative has regional support of 100 million euros to develop the infrastructure needed to better serve international tourists and visitors to the French capital during the Games.
Tech Crunch cites Waymo's Chief Automotive Programs, Adam Frost, who states that 'France is recognized as a global leader in mobility and we look forward to working with the Île-de-France Region and Renault Group partner to explore how to install. the Waymo Driver ».
The development of autonomous vehicles is linked to the creation of these predefined routes to deal with a specific need, such as the Olympics in a certain area. These conditions, coupled with increased demand, motivation from cities and partners to support and ease of regulatory exceptions, make this the ideal setting for creating pilot programs of this kind.