Lionel Cordesses

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Alexa and LEAF: from Innovation to Production.

The Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance investigated in 2016 the use of the Personal Assistant Echo from Amazon to interface with its best-selling Full Electric Vehicle, the LEAF. The journey began as a 26-day Open Innovation project in our facility in the Silicon Valley and lead to the production of the official Alexa skill as available in Japan in late 2017.

This presentation highlights how two members of the Alliance, Renault and Nissan, worked together with a startup and in the spirit of Open Innovation to create a Proof of Concept. The strategy for a successful transfer to the development teams will be illustrated, along with facts, figures and lessons learned when putting in production an assistant for a passenger vehicle.

Lionel Cordesses holds a Ph.D. in Computer Vision and Control. After developing autonomous vehicles in the late 90s, he joined the Renault group in France where he created and led the Engine Control team. Then, after six years as a Project Manager in the field of Electric Vehicles, he crossed the Atlantic to build and lead Renault’s Artificial Intelligence team in Sunnyvale, CA. Lionel is also an Independent Expert in Signal Processing. He loves to hear "we know it cannot be done", as this presents an exciting challenge to find a unique solution and ultimately create new patents (34 and counting)

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