Renault Trucks’ CampX is the new innovation center the French manufacturer opened in Lyon, where the company’s HQs are located. A concept by Volvo Group, CampX has the mission to “accelerate technological and business innovation by connecting internal teams with external partners, principally startups”, as stated by Renault Trucks itself.
Designed to resemble a mini-campus, CampX Lyon features 400 square meters of facilities suitable for collaboration, including creativity room, social area, mini-amphitheatre and workstations, where Renault Trucks teams and startups can work side-by-side during the co-construction period.
The CampX philosophy, as implemented by Renault Trucks
Created in 2019 by the Volvo Group, to which Renault Trucks belongs, the CampX concept is also being rolled out at Volvo Group sites in Gothenburg (Sweden), Bangalore (India) and Greensboro (USA). To date, CampX has enabled over 50 startups throughout the world to collaborate with the Volvo Group.
CampX Lyon has already promoted seven ‘win-win’ partnership agreements, counting some thirty companies in its portfolio. “One of the use cases we’re working on aims to drastically reduce truck downtime due to wiring problems”, explained Marc Bourgeois, Head of CampX Lyon. “The sharing of knowledge and technology between the chosen startup and our experts has resulted in an innovative solution to improve the productivity of our network and thus contribute to improve our customers’ vehicles uptime.”