Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Nissan | posted January 08, 2016 10:55
Renault-Nissan Alliance to release self-driving cars with new wireless connectivity
More self-driving cars will soon be populating the streets after the Renault-Nissan Alliance announced that they will be releasing more than 10 automobiles that come with autonomous drive technology.
All of the aforementioned vehicles according to Renault-Nissan will be affordable and will take up the mainstream, mass-market segment. Apart from this, Renault-Nissan will also be launching new connectivity apps that will allow users to stay connected to work, entertainment or social media.
For this year, the company will debut the 'single-lane control' in new cars. This will allow the car to drive by itself along highways and in stop-and-go traffic. In 2018, they will launch the 'multiple-lane control' which can navigate through hazards and switch lanes when needed. By 2020, Renault-Nissan will introduce the 'intersection autonomy' which will allow cars to safely pass through intersections and heavy urban traffic.
Over to in-car entertainment, Nissan will be releasing the 'Alliance Multimedia System'. It will have better smartphone integration, new multimedia and navigation functions and wireless map updates.
Slated to be launched in the next four years, Renault-Nissan will reveal the autonomous vehicles in several countries including the USA, Europe, Japan and China.
“Renault-Nissan Alliance is deeply committed to the twin goals of zero emissions and zero fatalities. That's why we are developing autonomous driving and connectivity for mass-market, mainstream vehicles on three continents,” said Renault-Nissan Alliance chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn.
Renault-Nissan also claimed that the arrival of autonomous cars and new driver assist systems will further reduce fatalities and driver errors. In Japan alone, the company stated that the introduction of such tech reduced fatal and serious injuries by as much as 61% in 20 years. Over to France, new Renault vehicles decreased injuries by up to 80% in the past 15 years.