Renault-Nissan to launch multiple autonomous vehicles

Renault-Nissan Alliance Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said at their Silicon Valley Research Center : “Renault-Nissan Alliance is deeply committed to the twin goals of ‘zero emissions and zero fatalities,’”, he continued “That’s why we are developing autonomous driving and connectivity for mass-market, mainstream vehicles on three continents.”

Those are some lofty goals, especially as the Alliance is in its early stages regarding the development of autonomous, or self-driving, cars.

Renault-Nissan has goals of bringing more than 10 autonomous cars to market by 2020. However, even more intriguing, is the fact that every single autonomous model that it will introduce will be mass-produced and affordable. Imagine a self-driving Ford Model T.  The Alliance plans to launch several vehicles that will feature advanced self-driving technologies and will have a high level of autonomy.

The Alliance said it will not roll out a fully-autonomous car right away, but rather introduce various self-driving technologies in several stages over the next years. The first autonomous feature that will be launched is called single-lane control, and it will be available later this year. Cars that will be equipped with this feature will be able to operate completely independently on the highway, as long as it stays in one lane, as well as on city streets.

In 2018, the plan is to give cars the ability to change lanes while driving themselves on highways, which means they will be able to overtake other vehicles and avoid various obstacles on the road on their own. And then, by the end of the decade, a feature that allows cars to drive through intersections and move on crowded city streets without any input from a human driver, which would be one of the latest stages before achieving full autonomy.