Renault-Nissan to Hire 300 in Bid to Lure Silicon Valley Talent

The Renault-Nissan alliance will begin hiring at least 300 tech experts this month, becoming the latest carmakers to try to lure workers away from Silicon Valley.

Most recruits will be software engineers with experience in vehicle connectivity and mobility services, a category that includes car-sharing, the alliance said. They will join a team led by Ogi Redzic, 45, an executive from Nokia Oyj’s former HERE maps unit hiredin January to lead Renault-Nissan’s connected-cars initiative.

The move is part of a broader auto-industry push for technology experts to compete with the likes of Uber Technologies Inc., Google and Apple Inc. Last week, luxury-car maker Porsche said it had created a digital unit to seek technology partners and products, while Volkswagen AG’s trucks business said it was enlarging its digital division. Ford Motor Co. created a new unit this year called Ford Smart Mobility.

“We are in a global war for talent,” Renault-Nissan spokeswoman Rachel Konrad said.

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