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Renault-Nissan To Launch Autonomous Cars By 2020

Renault-Nissan Alliance to launch more than ten autonomous vehicles in Europe, the United States, Japan and China by 2020.

Autonomous Cars To Be Launched In Europe By 2020

The Renault-Nissan Alliance plans to launch more than ten, autonomous, vehicles in Europe, the United States, Japan and China by 2020. These will be mainstream, mass market, models at affordable prices, the company explained. The launch of such technology comes in three phases. In 2016, single-lane control vehicles – that stay in lane on “highways” – pave the way. The expectation is that these work in light and heavy traffic. Any immediate successors will also change lanes on such routes (by 2018). From 2020, vehicles that also autonomously navigate city intersections and congested, urban, areas will hit the mass market.

Autonomous Car Safety

The Renault-Nissan Alliance also emphasised its commitment to road safety. It claimed that autonomous vehicles could reduce causalities as human error is responsible for up to ninety percent of fatalities. Autonomous cars should never be tired, distracted or inclined to break the speed limit, after all. Even before autonomous technology became prominent the Alliance worked to minimise casualties by producing safer cars. In Japan, fatal and serious injuries in Nissan vehicles have fallen sixty-one percent in twenty years. External factors such as road improvement schemes might have contributed too. Further, Renault fatalities and serious injuries in France have fallen by eighty percent, in fifteen years.

Renault-Nissan Alliance New Connectivity Applications

The Renault-Nissan Alliance confirmed it will: “Launch a suite of new connectivity applications that will make it easier for people to stay connected to work, entertainment and social networks”. In 2016, an application for mobiles will provide: “Remote interaction with your car”. Motorists might – and this has not been confirmed - be able to pre-programme a route for the sat-nav, for example. Furthermore, the Alliance Multimedia System launches in 2017 to provide new multimedia and navigation features, plus improved smartphone integration and wireless map updates. In 2018, the Alliance Connectivity & Internet of Things platform will support a Virtual Personal Assistant element for private and business users.

About Renault-Nissan Alliance

The Renault-Nissan Alliance sells one in ten cars worldwide. The companies – which have worked together since 1999 - sold more than eight million vehicles in about two-hundred countries in 2014 alone. The partnership enables the brands to create concepts that can be shared between a range of vehicles to minimise cost. This also cuts duplication within the industry. Efforts relate to both hardware and software and form a “technology tool kit”. The Alliance also has links to brands such as Germany’s Daimler, Japan’s Mitsubishi, China’s Dongfeng, and Ashok Leyland (in India).