Groupe Renault debuts autonomous obstacle avoidance
Groupe Renault announced that it has developed an autonomous control system that handles challenging driving scenarios and, as an industry first, has obstacle avoidance capability as good as professional test drivers. These drivers served as the inspiration and the benchmark for this achievement at Renault Open Innovation Lab – Silicon Valley.
“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 at developing advanced autonomous driving technologies that consumers can trust will create a safer, more comfortable journey.”
The Renault Open Innovation Lab is part of the labs network within the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance and is focused on improving safety and advancing autonomous driving technology. The technological advancement announced was inspired by, and tested against, professional test drivers. Renault says this will complement its existing achievements in driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and vehicle safety. In addition, the company adds that the achievement will support its goal of becoming one of the first brands to offer widely available "Mind off" technology on mainstream vehicles and deploy fleets of robo-vehicles.
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 of the U.S. Department of Transportation), with which Renault Open Innovation Lab has been collaborating.