Autonomous Vehicles

Our goal is to provide our customers with models that feature a delegated autonomous driving mode from 2020 onward. This technology will make driving safer and more pleasant while also freeing up time for drivers.
LAURENT TAUPIN
Chief Engineer – Autonomous Vehicles

Let Yourself Be Safely Transported to the World of Tomorrow

Autonomous vehicles can take over driving responsibilities from humans. After years of research, Renault is taking its work to the next level, progressively moving towards assisted mobility that is completely safe.

Free Up Time with Autonomous Driving

Renault’s goal for autonomous vehicles is to change the experience of riding in cars, making it more pleasant, less stressful and more productive.
In “Mind Off” autonomous mode, drivers can make better use of their time by using in-vehicle connectivity to answer emails, watch videos or safely converse with passengers. It’s up to them how they want to make use of this time!

From ADAS to Autonomous Driving

Groupe Renault currently offers advanced driver assistance systems on its vehicles. These ADAS improve safety and act for the most part without human input, as is the case for automatic emergency braking (AEBS).


They serve as a gateway to autonomous vehicles, even though they are initially only there to provide assistance to the driver, who remains in charge of the vehicle.

 

“Eyes Off/Hands Off” Technology

“Eyes Off/Hands Off” technology is a form of autonomous driving with no driver supervision.

When drivers delegate driving activities, they no longer need to watch the road or have their hands on the steering Wheel - driving is now fully delegated to the vehicle.

This feature is intended for the most boring kinds of driving - driving in stop-and-go traffic, for instance - and only on approved highways.

“Eyes Off/Hands Off” Mode

When autonomous driving mode is activated, a set of sensors monitor the road and provide 360° surveillance of the vehicle: lidars (long-range laser scanners), long-range frontal radar, medium-range corner radar, frontal digital cameras, four 180° digital cameras, an ultrasound belt and more.

The data collected by these sensors is analyzed by the many embedded software “brains” that tell the vehicle what to do.

“Eyes Off/Hands Off” Benefits

With the autonomous “Eyes Off/Hands Off” mode, Renault’s goal is to change the experience of riding in cars, making it more pleasant, more interesting and safer. This will significantly reduce the risk of accidents! Trips will be less stressful and more productive.

Drivers can make better use of their time by using in-vehicle connectivity to answer emails or watch videos. They can do so safely, outside conditions permitting, as long as applicable laws and regulations are followed, once these are updated to authorize these new features.

Sensors on Our Autonomous Espace Prototype

With autonomous drive operative, the car “sees” the road and monitors what’s happening all around the car by means of an extensive array of sensors. The data input from the sensors is processed by multiple onboard “brains” in the form of embedded software that tells the car what to do, thus enabling the driver to safely hand the car over to its automatic driver, in Eyes-off/Hands-off mode.

 

On current prototypes (based on Renault Espace) we find the following sensors : 

Lidars

Long-range laser scanners that can perceive the entire environment

Frontal cameras

With three focal lengths: short, medium and long-range

Frontal radar

Measures the following distance

Corner radar

Monitors movements around the vehicle

Ultrasound sensors

Detects obstacles

180° cameras

Located under the side mirrors and near the license plates
Lidars
Frontal cameras
Frontal radar
Corner radar
Ultrasound sensors
180° cameras
 

Toll Barriers in Autonomous Mode

Groupe Renault and Sanef launched a pilot project in June 2016 to study the behavior of autonomous Renault vehicles at toll barriers and in work zones.

This experiment was conducted in Normandy on the A13 highway using the V2X connected infrastructure developed by Sanef.

Watch one of our prototypes go through a toll barrier without leaving autonomous driving mode.

Hitting the Road Initial Test Drive for an Autonomous Vehicle

Renault allowed a few employees to ride in an autonomous Espace prototype. A memorable experience!

How did you end up in the passenger seat of an autonomous Espace? Anaïs Fayard, Renault employee

Everyone is talking about autonomous cars. When I found out Renault employees could take part in a test drive, I applied straight away. I am curious, and highly motivated by new products and, naturally, the future of the company. I was fortunate to be chosen, with two other employees, for a one-hour test drive on a route between the Group headquarters in Boulogne-Billancourt and the Technocentre in Guyancourt, with one of the project heads at the wheel.

Read the full interview

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