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Renault showed an electric Zoe concept at the Geneva auto show (Photo: Renault)

Renault has opened a so-called "Open Innovation Lab" in Paris in a bid to speed up new-mobility research and step up cooperation with French startup companies.

The carmaker already runs similar innovation labs in Silicon Valley and Tel Aviv. The Paris facility, which is called "Le Square," will be an experimental lab that will work closely with the more than 3,000 tech companies that have started up in the Paris region in recent years.

Renault and its alliance partner Nissan want to develop new technologies in an open ecosystem that includes startups, universities, investors, authorities and customers.

The carmaker opened its Tel Aviv lab in 2016 and its Silicon Valley center in 2011. All three labs focus heavily on connected-car technologies.