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Renault-Nissan reviews autonomous targets
New leaf: Under its cooperative agreement, Renault and Nissan will produce 10 new autonomous tech-driven cars before 2020 is out, and a version based on Nissan's all-electric Leaf is a likely candidate.
Self-driving Renault-Nissan technology mapped out to 2020
8 January 2016
THE Renault-Nissan alliance has spelled out exactly which self-driving features
the pair of united car-makers will roll out in the next four years, with 10 new
autonomous tech-equipped models due to surface before 2020.
First to arrive will be a “single-lane control” function later this year, which
will allow vehicles fitted with the system to negotiate more straightforward
motoring such as freeway cruising and stop-start traffic without driver
By 2018, the alliance will have developed the technology into “multiple-lane
control”, which can handle more than one lane, allowing lane changes and the
avoidance of obstacles on freeway sections.
Before 2020, the systems will have advanced to allow the negotiation of more
complex scenarios involving heavy urban traffic and junctions with the
“intersection autonomy” function.
The various levels of technology will not just be limited to high-end or
concept vehicles according to the partnership, and will be incorporated into
“mainstream mass-market cars at affordable prices,” it said in a statement.
With continued advances in the field of self driving cars, Renault-Nissan says
that among the numerous benefits, vehicle autonomy has the potential to
dramatically reduce road fatalities and serious injuries.
At this stage only the United States, Europe, China and Japan are mentioned in
the technology timeline, but Renault Australia corporate communications and
sponsorship manager Emily Fadeyev told GoAuto that all new technology was
"It’s currently too soon to confirm any timelines for the introduction of
autonomous vehicle technologies for Renault vehicles in Australia," she said.
"Renault Australia continues to work closely with our global head office on all
opportunities presented by upcoming technology."
No model names have been put forward at this stage so it is not known whether
any of the 10 new vehicles will rely on existing products as a basis, or if a
new standalone model will result.
In 2013, Nissan announced it was investing heavily in future autonomous
technology and that it had started developing a fleet of self-driving cars
based on its all-electric Leaf small hatchback. One of the 10 new vehicles
could therefore be an evolution of the initial Leaf prototypes.
In addition to the forthcoming autonomous features, the company is also working
on advances in connected vehicles and is due to release a new mobile device
application this year that allows users to interact with their cars remotely.
The application will be followed next year by the Alliance Multimedia System,
which updates in-car information systems with faster and more flexible
multimedia and navigation systems.
A year later, the company will roll out its Virtual Personal Assistant,
allowing vehicle owners to stay connected to their various devices including
their car, via an emerging network that connects household objects via the
To champion the cause, Renault-Nissan has created a new position within the
converged engineering organisation, and has appointed Ogi Redzic to the role of
connected vehicles and mobility services senior vice president.
Mr Redzic will oversee some of the engineering operations of the Renault-Nissan
Alliance, which was created in 1999 to pool resources and avoid unnecessary
duplication of technologies.