New tech brings full autonomy a little closer
Many of us have wondered what autonomous cars will do when confronted by a sudden obstacle in the road.
Well, it would seem that RenaultÂ has answered that question in this video
It shows aÂ driverless Renault Zoe, which for some reason has been named Callie, successfully missing stuff thatâ€™s been put in its way after â€˜learningâ€™ from professional drivers.
Tests showed that the Zoeâ€™s â€˜reactionsâ€™Â and avoidance skills were as good as those of the human drivers. Its ability to â€˜swerve and avoidâ€™ is, according to Renault, an industry first and a big step forward in the companyâ€™s plan to be one of the first brands to achieve full â€˜mind offâ€™ autonomy.
A key element in Renaultâ€™s Drive the Future mid-term strategy is to put 15 autonomy-equipped models on sale between now and 2022. UK transport secretary Chris Grayling has said that the first fully autonomous cars are expected to be in use on British roads by 2021.
â€œAt Groupe Renault, we are focused on being an innovation leader in products, technology and design,â€ said Simon Hougard, director of Renaultâ€™s Open Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley, where the main objective is to build safety into autonomous tech.
â€œOur innovation efforts aim to develop advanced autonomous driving technologies that consumers can trust will create a safer, more comfortable journey.â€