Renault joins forces with road operator on driverless development

Renault has announced that it is working with French motorway operator Sanef on the development of autonomous vehicle technology.

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According to the carmaker the two firms will cooperate on the communications between autonomous vehicles and road infrastructure and carry out testing at toll barrier crossing and on the approach to road works.

The trials are based on vehicle to infrastructure communications technology developed through the European SCOOP project – a wider initiative involving Renault, Sanef and a number of other industry partners aimed at connecting approximately 3,000 vehicles with 2,000 kilometres of road.

The project has led to the development of equipment that enables road infrastructure to communicate with cars, and vehicles to communicate with one another using short-range wifi (ITS G5).

According to Renault, during the toll barrier-crossing trial, the vehicle receives information about 1 km before the barrier of the toll lanes that are available and compatible with autonomous vehicle driving.

Before approaching the zone, the vehicle will anticipate its position in the lane and adapt its speed by gradually slowing down according to the speed signs.

The car will use virtual lines derived from a high definition map of the site to ensure accurate guidance, whilst sensors will ensure that the vehicle sticks to the centre of the lane.

Mathieu Lips, who is leading the innovation program for Renault, said: “Maximising safety for drivers, passengers and others with autonomous cars requires several stakeholders in both government and the private sector working together, each bringing unique expertise. Our goal is to work with Sanef to develop advances in safety and the right solutions to bring as soon as possible to customers the most comfortable travel in autonomous drive without interruption.”