Renault-Nissan to Launch 10 Vehicles with Autonomous Features by 2020
Over the next four years, the Renault-Nissan Alliance has announced that it plans to launch over 10 vehicles featuring autonomous drive technology. The vehicles will be headed to the United States, Europe, Japan, and China.
"Renault-Nissan Alliance is deeply committed to the twin goals of 'zero emissions and zero fatalities,'" said Renault-Alliance chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn in a statement. "That's why we are developing autonomous driving and connectivity for mass-market, mainstream vehicles on three continents."
Back in 2010, Nissan released its first zero-emission vehicle, the LEAF. Since then, safety and efficiency have been the main focus of the Alliance, which has produced a decline in fatal and serious injuries in Nissan vehicles in Japan by 61 percent in 20 years, and decreased those same stats in Renault vehicles in France by 80 percent in 15 years.
For 2016, the Alliance will introduce a number of vehicles that feature "single-lane control," which lets vehicles drive autonomously on highways and in heavy, stop-and-go traffic. By 2018, Renault-Nissan is expected to launch the "multiple-lane control" system, which will allow the vehicles themselves to negotiate hazards and lane changes on the highway.
However, in 2020, the Alliance will launch "intersection autonomy," which will let vehicles navigate intersections and urban traffic without the need for driver intervention. The Alliance has also developed a "technology tool kit," that includes hardware and software applications that product teams from all the Alliance brands can use in their vehicles when appropriate.