Groupe Renault debuts a world first in autonomous obstacle avoidance

Groupe Renault debuts a world first in autonomous obstacle avoidance

Groupe Renault has today come out and revealed their autonomous obstacle avoidance technology systems they have been developing alongside professional test drivers. In an industry first, the system can demonstrate road obstacle avoidance just as good as professional test drivers.

Apparently the drivers who took part, served as the inspiration and the benchmark for this achievement at Renault Open Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley.

The Renault Open Innovation Lab is part of the network within the Alliance and is focused on improving safety and advancing autonomous driving technology.

This development complements Renault’s existing achievements in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and vehicle safety. This is an important next step in using autonomous driving to improve vehicle safety and a huge step for Peugeot as they want to be one of the brands at the forefront of this revolutionary new outlook on transport.

“At Groupe Renault, we are focused on being an innovation leader in products, technology and design,” said Simon Hougard, Director of Renault Open Innovation Lab – Silicon Valley. “Our innovation efforts aim to develop advanced autonomous driving technologies that consumers can trust will create a safer, more comfortable journey.”

The basis for this work comes from research published by Stanford University’s Dynamic Design Lab (led by Professor Chris Gerdes, former Chief Innovation Officer for the U.S. Department of Transportation), with which Renault Open Innovation Lab has been collaborating.

With this new development of autonomous obstacle avoidance, Groupe Renault is leveraging the strength of The Alliance and supports the launch of more than 15 Renault models with different levels of autonomous driving capabilities by 2022.

I wonder if we’ll be seeing any of this sort of technology being introduced into the Light Commercial Vehicle sector. This is most unlikely, at least for a couple of years, as it remains to be seen whether this new development can identify specific objects and the level of danger they cause to road users.

Take a look at the video below!