PARIS -- Patrick Pelata, the former chief operating officer at Renault, has a new assignment: Guide the French auto industry through the transition to electrification and autonomous driving.
Pelata will draw up a long-term plan to ensure that French industry can keep pace with European and Asian competitors, at the request of President Emmanuel Macron. The plan will be presented in February at a meeting of the global automotive association OICA, the French government said.
"President Macron doesn't want to get another report, but rather concrete proposals to increase the attractiveness of France and Europe vis a vis the automotive industry and new mobility solutions," Pelata said Thursday in an email. "He expects the industry and the PFA (French automotive lobbying group) to collaborate and obviously wants to move quickly."
Pelata will work on the project with Xavier Mosquet, a managing director at Boston Consulting Group who led a team advising President Barack Obama on the 2009 bailout plan for the U.S. auto industry,
The government is keen to be at the forefront of new autonomous technology and has said it aims to deploy "highly automated" vehicles on public roads between 2020 and 2022.