Space News from SpaceDaily.com
Renault to pursue autonomous minibuses but not cars
Paris, May 15 (AFP) May 15, 2024
French automaker Renault said Wednesday it will pursue developing autonomous minibuses for public transit but would stick to driving assistance features for personal cars for the time being.

It announced it will demonstrate the readiness of the technology for public transport by running a shuttle bus service, together with its partner WeRide, at the Roland-Garros tennis tournament in Paris later this month.

Renault offers driving assistance features on many of its models that allow drivers to remove their hands from the steering wheel but they must keep their eyes on the road and be ready to take control of the car at any instant.

"Further automation of some functions, with the aim of achieving complete vehicle autonomy, seems unlikely for the time being, given current regulations, customer expectations and the cost of the complex technology involved," Renault said in a statement.

The firm said there was a huge gap in technological complexity to get to the point where drivers don't need to pay attention to the road.

"At this stage, the induced cost to be borne by customers, in relation to the driving benefits, would make demand insufficient or even anecdotal," it said.

But that cost proposition is different when applied to public transportation, and this is where Renault said it would focus.

"When it comes to public transportation, Renault Group intends to be a real player in sustainable and autonomous mobility," it said.

Renault said it is developing an electric, robotised, and pre-equipped minibus platform that will host various automation solutions from its specialist partners.

It announced a new collaboration with autonomous driving firm WeRide for large-scale commercial deployment of vehicles capable of managing driving situations on their own within a defined area. While these vehicles do not have an on-board operator they still have remote supervision.

Renault said it would show off the capability of the autonomous minibuses at the Rolland Garros tennis tournament in Paris later this month.

"As a premium partner of the tournament, Renault is innovating with WeRide by setting up a trial of electric and autonomous shuttles that will facilitate access to the Roland-Garros stadium while demonstrating the maturity of new technologies for automated public transport services," said Renault.

The minibuses will ferry visitors between a parking lot and the stadium complex.

"Renault Group... will be in a position, well before the end of this decade, to propose a highly relevant range of autonomous, low-carbon minibuses to meet the growing needs" of transportation authorities in low emissions zones, said the company's chief technology officer, Gilles Le Borgne.

rl/yad

Renault


ADVERTISEMENT




Space News from SpaceDaily.com
Boeing won't fix leaky Starliner before flying first crew to ISS
SpaceX mega rocket Starship's next launch on June 5
SpaceX sends 23 Starlink satellites into orbit on third flight in two days

24/7 Energy News Coverage
Scientists say they can make zero-emission cement
Flower or power? Campaigners fear lithium mine could kill rare plant
Australia gives largest coal power plant two-year lifeline

Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
Pentagon says Russia 'likely' launched 'counter space' satellite
China warns of Taiwan 'war' as military drills encircle island
France tests updated air-launched nuclear missile

24/7 News Coverage
WWF takes Norway to court over deep sea mining
WFP chief says El Nino impact 'alarming' in dry Zambia
Kenyan president warns debt clouds Africa climate potential


All rights reserved. Copyright Agence France-Presse. Sections of the information displayed on this page (dispatches, photographs, logos) are protected by intellectual property rights owned by Agence France-Presse. As a consequence, you may not copy, reproduce, modify, transmit, publish, display or in any way commercially exploit any of the content of this section without the prior written consent of Agence France-Presse.