Autonomous technologies will allow Human being to delegate driving and benefit from regained time. By the end of the Drive The Future 2017-2022 strategic plan, 15 models will integrate autonomous driving capabilities.
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.
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 :