AKKA and Dassault Systèmes Announce Innovation Partnership; 3DEXPERIENCE Platform Used on Link&Go Autonomous Connected Vehicle

Paris, October 3, 2014 - AKKA Technologies and Dassault Systèmes, two international companies that are pioneers and trailblazers in their respective markets, today announced a long-term partnership aimed at promoting innovation in the self-driving connected vehicle market. Aware that two leading organizations together, such as AKKA and Dassault Systèmes, can be a powerful driver for industry innovation and growth, Maurice Ricci, CEO of the AKKA Technologies Group and Bernard Charlès, President and CEO of Dassault Systèmes, have decided to join together to address the challenges of the quickly advancing connected mobility market.

With this partnership, AKKA and Dassault Systèmes will offer high-end engineering services and solutions to help the global automotive industry. The topic of driverless and connected vehicles is critical and one of the 34 projects of the “New Face of the Industry” promoted by the French government

Both companies share the same drive to answer the market’s demand for ever more connectivity, the challenge of cloud-enabled vehicle services, and the move towards “consumer experience” a primary business goal. Smart, driverless vehicles, a result of collaboration between the automotive sector and the digital economy, are a perfect example of the cloud-enabled consumer experience. For AKKA, this means developing the self-driving connected concept car known as the Link&Go, considered one of the best showcases of smart driverless technology. For Dassault Systèmes, it means delivering its 3DEXPERIENCE platform, a cloud-based collaborative business platform, to AKKA and the overall transportation and mobility industry.

AKKA’s engineers will draw upon the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to develop the next generation of its autonomously driving Link&Go concept car, using Dassault Systèmes applications to ideate, design, simulate and validate on a single collaborative platform hosted on the Cloud. The new partnership will help speed up the development of the next Link&Go concept, whose technological advancements will focus on how mobility consumers can benefit from customised and customisable services. Bringing the new vehicle development platform and the 3DEXPERIENCE platform together will facilitate project management throughout the design phase, providing engineers with a unified social collaboration space that encourages the adoption of new technologies and new processes, the pooling of institutional know-how, and the unleashing of a multicultural, global experience approach.

“This partnership is a real technological development that will help create new services to suit the connected world and promote our engineers’ excellence and creativity,” explains Maurice Ricci.

“The challenges of creating mobility experiences of the future are fundamentally transforming the entire industry,” added Bernard Charlès. “What does a car experience look like when you tie it to the cloud, infotainment, mapping and GPS, and so many more services? This partnership will answer those questions, support driverless vehicle development, and address infrastructure integration, such as connectivity to the smart city of the future.”

Find out more: Link & Go – the self-drive connected concept car developed by AKKA Research, AKKA’s R&D centre
It offers self-drive and manual modes with a totally new approach to interior ergonomics. Robotic and high tech technologies converge to support the Cloud & Big Data. The goal of the Link&Go is to blend in with its urban environment. Equipped with cognitive intelligence, it is the user who is at the heart of this highly innovative project. The connected vehicle communicates with the world around it, with other vehicles and with the user’s environment to offer personalised services to suit different profiles.

About Dassault Systèmes

Dassault Systèmes is a catalyst for human progress. We provide business and people with collaborative virtual environments to imagine sustainable innovations. By creating virtual twin experiences of the real world with our 3DEXPERIENCE platform and applications, our customers can redefine the creation, production and life-cycle-management processes of their offer and thus have a meaningful impact to make the world more sustainable. The beauty of the Experience Economy is that it is a human-centered economy for the benefit of all – consumers, patients and citizens. Dassault Systèmes brings value to more than 350,000 customers of all sizes, in all industries, in more than 150 countries. For more information, visit https://www.3ds.com