Lionel Cordesses

Innovation Project Manager

VPA for infotainment and seamless driving experience: a vision for Renault cars

The French car manufacturer Renault is developing a specific automotive Virtual Personal Assistant (VPA). This VPA, fully connected to the car and to open data, relies on a flow of realtime information to help achieve tasks seamlessly. It differs from the VPAs of smartphones and smart speakers. The presentation explores aspects of this driving coach such as suggesting car and personalization. A new type of driving aid called My Driving Partner will be illustrated, along with recent developments in the area of advanced function, such as ADAS.

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 means an exciting challenge to find a unique solution and ultimately create new patents (32 and counting).

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