Automakers are in a mad race to introduce a production-ready autonomous driving system and the infectious pace is clearly evidenced by Groupe Renault’s latest project.

The French auto manufacturer has just announced that it developed an artificial intelligence named ‘Callie’ that is the literally the ‘brains’ of its new autonomous control system.

“At Groupe Renault, we are focused on being an innovation leader in products, technology and design. Our innovation efforts aim to develop advanced autonomous driving technologies that consumers can trust will create a safer, more comfortable journey,” said Simon Hougard, Director of Renault Open Innovation Lab – Silicon Valley.

Callie has the ability to ‘handle challenging driving scenarios’ and even learn from professional test drivers on how to avoid collisions with road hazards and obstacles.

In a video released by Groupe Renault, Calllie matched the performance and speed of professional test drivers on a slalom track put up at the Renault Open Innovation Lab – Silicon Valley.

This new system will complement the current status of Groupe Renault’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and vehicle safety program while supporting the automaker’s goal of ‘becoming one of the first brands to offer widely available "Mind Off" technology on mainstream vehicles and deploy fleets of robo-vehicles’.

Groupe Renault plans to launch more than 15 models with varying levels of autonomous driving ability by 2022.