The Renault-Nissan Alliance has announced that it will launch over 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology in the next four years.
The technology will be installed on mainstream, mass-market vehicles at affordable prices and will be available in the U.S., Europe, Japan and China markets through 2020.
The Alliance will also focus on launching a suite of new connectivity applications that will make it easier for people to stay connected to work, entertainment and social networks.
The two automakers also shared some statistics about how advanced safety technologies have been helping, with fatal and serious injuries in Nissan vehicles in Japan decreasing 61 percent in 20 years while Renault has experienced an 80-percent drop in 15 years. The companies expect autonomous drive to help further reduce driver error, which accounts for up to 90 percent of all fatalities.
This year, vehicles will introduce “single-lane control,” a feature that will allow cars to drive autonomously on highways, including in heavy, stop-and-go traffic. Two years later, Renault-Nissan will launch vehicles with “multiple-lane control,” allowing them to self drive through hazards and change lanes autonomously during highway driving. By 2020, the automakers will launch “interaction autonomy” which will navigate city intersections and heavy urban traffic without driver intervention.
“Renault-Nissan Alliance is deeply committed to the twin goals of ‘zero emissions and zero fatalities,'” Renault-Nissan Alliance chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said at the Renault-Nissan Silicon Valley Research Center. “That’s why we are developing autonomous driving and connectivity for mass-market, mainstream vehicles on three continents.”
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