As per Electrive, the purpose of this initiative is to prove that autonomous vehicles have evolved and reached a point where they can be used for automated public transport services. Starting May 26th and until June 9th, the shuttle will take passengers on one route, from Bois-de-Boulogne and to the Roland Garros stadium.

Following this collaboration effort, Renault announced a new partnership with WeRide, with the goal of commercializing the deployment of EVs with level 4 autonomy. These are vehicles that can drive themselves across a pre-defined path and area with remote monitoring, but without a driver actually being inside them.

WeRide has become one of the most important players in the autonomous vehicles market, operating over 700 autonomous vehicles as of right now, including 300 minibuses. The company's self-driving vehicles already covered over 28 million kilometers across Asia and North America and with the help of Renault, they might extend operations in Europe, as well.

Gilles Le Borgne, Chief Technology Officer of the Renault Group, wrote that "Renault Group is moving forward to implement its autonomous vehicle strategy. As a result, thanks to our experiments and our partners, the best in their fields, we will be in a position, well before the end of this decade, to propose a highly relevant range of autonomous, low-carbon minibuses to meet the growing needs of the regions."

Renault Group believes that autonomous vehicles will play an important role in the public transport system of tomorrow, as the company plans to introduce these minibuses into the public transport network of Châteauroux, starting 2026.

The French carmaker plans to use testing data from Roland Garros to develop next-generation autonomous electric minibuses on the Renault Master platform.