Renault’s Autonomous Vehicle Strategy

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Renault Group is set to revolutionize public transportation with its ambitious launch of level 4 autonomous vehicles. This strategy separates individual vehicle assistance from the autonomy needs of public transportation, marking a significant shift in the automotive industry.

Renault Group has chosen a pragmatic approach, focusing on advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) for individual vehicles and full autonomy for public transportation. Partnering with WeRide, a leader in autonomous driving technologies, Renault will demonstrate its first public transport trial at the Roland-Garros 2024 tennis tournament from May 26th.

Key Highlights:

  • Individual Vehicles: Emphasis on ADAS for enhanced safety and comfort.
  • Public Transportation: Development of autonomous electric minibuses.
  • WeRide Partnership: Demonstration at Roland-Garros 2024.
  • Sustainability: Focus on low-carbon mobility solutions.
Renault's Autonomous Vehicle Strategy

Renault’s Technological Approach: Renault Group’s technological developments enable highly effective driver assistance for individual vehicles. Offering top-level driving assistance systems on most models, Renault enhances driving safety and comfort without aiming for complete autonomy due to current regulations, customer expectations, and high technology costs.

For public transportation, Renault is focusing on developing an electric, autonomous minibuses platform. This innovative solution addresses the increasing need for sustainable and efficient urban mobility. Renault’s collaboration with WeRide exemplifies this, showcasing the operational capabilities of these autonomous vehicles at the upcoming Roland-Garros event.

Autonomous Vehicle Levels: Renault Group aligns with the six international levels of automated driving, from L0 (no automation) to L5 (full autonomy). For individual vehicles, Renault focuses on L2 and L2+ levels, providing advanced driver assist features such as contextual cruise control and lane-keeping assist. The leap to L3 autonomy poses significant challenges due to technological complexity and high costs.

Renault's Autonomous Vehicle Strategy

In public transportation, Renault sees a viable opportunity for autonomous minibuses. With an expected annual demand of thousands of units, these vehicles will be instrumental in creating low-emission zones across Europe. Autonomous minibuses offer flexibility, 24/7 operation, and zero emissions, making them a cost-effective alternative to traditional public transport.

WeRide Collaboration: Renault’s partnership with WeRide aims at large-scale deployment of L4 autonomous vehicles, capable of operating independently within defined environments. This collaboration underscores Renault’s commitment to autonomous, low-carbon mobility solutions.

Roland-Garros 2024 Trial: Renault, as a premium partner of the Roland-Garros tournament, will introduce electric and autonomous shuttles to facilitate access to the stadium. This trial, running from May 26 to June 9, 2024, will demonstrate the maturity of Renault’s autonomous public transport services.

About Renault Group: Renault Group, a pioneer in mobility innovation, is strengthened by its alliance with Nissan and Mitsubishi Motors. Offering sustainable solutions through its five brands—Renault, Dacia, LADA, Alpine, and Mobilize—Renault Group sold 2.9 million vehicles in 2020 across 130 countries. Committed to technological advancements and ambitious transformations, Renault Group aims to deliver value and innovative mobility solutions globally.

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