Renault has been teasing us with a sequence of self-driving automotive ideas over the previous yr however the French automaker at a tech convention in Paris on Thursday revealed how it’s making the expertise a actuality.
Renault has established a self-driving automotive analysis unit on the Paris-Saclay expertise park situated to the south of Paris. Right here, Renault and its companions are growing and testing automated transportation companies comprising self-driving vehicles, a monitoring system run by people, and infrastructure to help self-driving vehicles.
The analysis unit is already testing automated transportation companies in restricted type and is investigating how you can scale up the expertise. A few of these embrace a taxi service within the Paris-Saclay campus utilizing self-driving prototypes based mostly on the Renault Zoe electrical automotive, and an evening shuttle service between the campus and an area practice hub utilizing shuttle buses developed with Transdev.
Whereas each of those companies are public, which means the automobiles will cease to choose up others touring alongside the identical route, Renault can be growing self-driving ideas for personal use. The most recent is the EZ-Pod, which because the title suggests is a pod-like automotive designed to suit two and journey in areas with decrease speeds, reminiscent of crowded metropolis facilities and even inside massive procuring malls.
Renault EZ-Pod idea
Renault hasn’t stated when it would have a paid service up and working, however the automaker’s developments present how self-driving vehicles, whilst restricted as they’re at current, can already be put to make use of in restricted areas. These areas can then be expanded because the expertise advances and supporting infrastructure like extremely detailed maps and car-to-infrastructure communications is added.
“At a time when mobility has by no means been a extra essential world difficulty, our position as a longstanding producer of all forms of car is extra vital than ever,” Renault CEO Thierry Bolloré stated. “Alongside cities, startups, excellent companions and public authorities, we see our management as a key a part of a brand new historical past, the historical past of electrical, related, autonomous and shared mobility serving the general public at massive.”