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