There’s no surprise here.
We’re only a month into 2016 and one of the most dominant themes we’ve seen is how automakers are planning on creating more autonomous vehicles. As part of a joint venture, Renault-Nissan has just entered the ongoing battle with a plan to launch 10 cars featuring autonomous technology by 2020. The cars will be headed to Europe, Japan, China and the US. This news shouldn’t be surprising since the majority of automakers have plans to put autonomous cars into production in the near future.
CEO and Renault-Alliance chairman Carlos Ghosn believes that autonomous vehicles will help the automakers with its goals. “Renault-Nissan Alliance is deeply committed to the twin goals of ‘zero emissions and zero fatalities,’” stated Ghosn. “That’s why we are developing autonomous driving and connectivity for mass-market, mainstream vehicles on three continents.” After Nissan came out with the first zero-emission car—the Nissan Leaf—the partnership has focused on safety and efficiency. For 2016, Renault-Nissan plans on introducing a number of vehicles that come with “single-lane control,” which will let the vehicles drive autonomously on highways and in stop-and-go traffic.
By 2018 the partnership is expected to launch the “multiple-lane control” system, which will allow the cars to negotiate hazards and lane changes on the highway without driver input. The main news is that the Alliance plans to introduce “intersection autonomy” by 2020 that will let the cars navigate intersections and urban traffic without any input from the driver. The Alliance has also created a “technology tool kit” that includes software and hardware applications that product teams from Renault-Nissan brands can use in their cars at appropriate times.