SUNNYVALE, Calif. — Renault-Nissan Alliance has announced that it will launch more than 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology in the United States, Europe, Japan and China within the next four years.
In 2016, the vehicle OEM plans to debut vehicles with “single-lane control,” a feature that allows cars to drive autonomously on highways and in heavy stop-and-go traffic. In 2018, the group plans to launch vehicles with “multiple lane control,” which can autonomously negotiate hazards and change lanes during highway driving. In 2020, “intersection autonomy” will be released, which can navigate city intersections and heavy urban traffic with no driver intervention.
The company stated that it plans to install autonomous vehicle technology on mainstream, mass-market cars at affordable prices. In addition to the autonomous technology, the auto group plans to launch a new suite of connectivity applications that will simplify the process of connecting to work, entertainment and social networks inside your vehicle.
“Renault-Nissan Alliance is deeply committed to the twin goals of ‘zero emissions and zero fatalities,’” said Carlos Ghosn, Nissan Alliance chairman and CEO. “That’s why we are developing autonomous driving and connectivity for mass-market, mainstream vehicles on three continents.”