The Renault-Nissan Alliance announce 4-year autonomous drive technology plans
Autonomous drive technology is fast becoming one of the most talked about subjects within the motoring evolution industry and next up to unveil their plan are Renault-Nissan Alliance, who are set to launch more than 10 vehicles with AD technology over the next 4 years. In addition, Renault-Nissan will launch a suite of new connectivity applications that will make it easier for people to stay connected to work, entertainment and social networks.
“Renault-Nissan Alliance is deeply committed to the twin goals of ‘zero emissions and zero fatalities’,” Renault-Nissan Alliance Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said at the Renault-Nissan Silicon Valley Research Center. “That’s why we are developing autonomous driving and connectivity for mass-market, mainstream vehicles on three continents.”
Having sold nearly 300,000 all-electric vehicles since the first Nissan LEAF sale in 2010 it is no surprise that Renault-Nissan are already the industry’s zero-emission leader by far. Safety and efficiency of vehicles across the Renault-Nissan Alliance have increased dramatically, for example fatal and serious injuries in Nissan vehicles in Japan decreased 61 percent in 20 years.
2016 will mark the debut of vehicles with “single-lane control,” a feature that allows cars to drive autonomously on highways, including in heavy, stop-and-go traffic. In 2018, Renault-Nissan will launch vehicles with “multiple-lane control,” which can autonomously negotiate hazards and change lanes during highway driving. And by 2020 we will see the launch of “intersection autonomy,” which can navigate city intersections and heavy urban traffic without driver intervention.
Additionally, later this year the Alliance will launch a new automotive app allowing remote interaction with your car followed by the the first “Alliance Multimedia System,” due next year which will providing new multimedia and navigation features, as well as improved smartphone integration and wireless map updates. In 2018, the Alliance Connectivity & Internet of Things platform will support the new Virtual Personal Assistant feature for individual and business customers. All of the Alliance’s autonomous drive technology will be available at the option of the driver.