Groupe Renault presented its industrial metaverse project during the “Tech Industry Days” at the Flins plant in the Yvelines. This project is the result of several years of transformation that began in 2016 according to the group’s CIO: François Lavernos. In fact, in addition to equipping the plants and the supply chain with high-performance telecommunications infrastructures, the structuring of the volume of data and the implementation of technologies along the entire supply chain are underway. Focus on this innovation in automotive manufacturing in the digital age.
The reasons for the Renault Group’s industrial metaverse project
One of the reasons that prompted Groupe Renault to invest in the metaverse is the belief that it is beneficial for the quality of vehicles. In fact, thanks to the collection of data from industrial equipment, the operational performance is optimized. Thanks to 8,500 devices connected to 22 of the group’s 35 industrial sites, almost a billion data is collected every day. Among these data are machine wear, lack of material and tool failure. The competitiveness of the group is also strengthened thanks to the industrial metaverse.
Even though this group of the automotive industry has invested almost 225 million euros in 5 years, the savings are real and amount to 780 million euros. Therefore, the economy is also an obvious reason for this industrial metaverse project. From an ecological point of view, the brand has succeeded reduce your CO2 footprint per vehicle by accelerating delivery times. There is no shortage of other advantages in terms of the metaverse: the reduction of costs, the reduction of production times and the better monitoring of stocks are examples.
The technological pillars of the Renault Group’s industrial metaverse
In order for the industrial metaverse to be set up and operational like that of Ford, Groupe Renault has grouped its shares in 4 dimensions. The data it is the first dimension and the most important because it allows the replication of the physical world and the creation of the metaverse. The second dimension is the digital twin modeling to make the entire flow management visible.
The third dimension is theecosystem enrichment from external data of partners and suppliers. The fourth dimension is thetechnological aspect of the project. This includes cloud, edge computing, and machine learning, among others. In terms of hosting, the metaverse is on an open source platform and API-based architecture.
The automotive industry is now very present in the metaverse. After Ford and Lamborghini, Renault embarks on an adventure with the firm intention of reaping all the benefits. Their experience shows that it takes years of preparation to achieve satisfactory results. In any case, the benefits are very real, both for the company itself and for the customers and even for the environment.
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