Underlining Israel’s growing importance as a worldwide auto-tech hub, major automakers Ford, Renault and Nissan all opened innovation facilities in Tel Aviv over the past few weeks.
Renault-Nissan’s 1,600-square-meter Alliance Innovation Lab Tel Aviv, in an exclusive partnership with the Israel Innovation Authority, focuses on Israeli startups developing products and services for autonomous vehicles and autonomous vehicle security, such as Apollo Power, Argus, AutoTalks, BrightWay Vision, Electreon, Enigmatos, IRP systems, Karamba, Moodify, Saferide and Upstream.
“With Israel as a global innovation hub, particularly with automotive technology, this new lab is a natural next step for us and will allow the Alliance to leverage the strengths of Israel’s startup ecosystem,” said Tsuyoshi Yamaguchi, Alliance EVP Engineering.
Ford’s new research center will identify Israeli technology partners in connectivity, sensors, in-vehicle monitoring, and cybersecurity, said Ford Motor Company Executive Chairman Bill Ford, who was in Tel Aviv in June for the Ecomotion Conference and Exhibition.
Other automakers that have set up auto-tech centers in Israel in the last couple of years include Mercedes Benz, BMW, Porsche, Škoda, Honda, Volkswagen and Volvo.
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