The Alliance has big plans over the next four years with focus on self-driving technology, announcing its autonomous intentions and connectivity timeline through 2020.
The Renault-Nissan will launch more than 10 vehicles with autonomous drive technology in the next four years in the United States, Europe, Japan and China, the Alliance said in a joint-statement. In addition, the Group will also bring a suite of new connectivity applications. “Renault-Nissan Alliance is deeply committed to the twin goals of ‘zero emissions and zero fatalities,” company Chairman and CEO Carlos Ghosn said at the Renault-Nissan Silicon Valley Research Center. “That’s why we are developing autonomous driving and connectivity for mass-market, mainstream vehicles on three continents.”
The first self-driving technology will debut this year in the form of “single-lane control,” a feature that allows cars to drive autonomously on highways, including in heavy, stop-and-go traffic. In 2018, Renault-Nissan says it will launch vehicles with “multiple-lane control,” which are able to negotiate hazards and change lanes during highway driving. And 2020 will see the launch of “intersection autonomy,” which can navigate city intersections and heavy urban traffic without driver intervention.
In terms of connectivity, later this year the Alliance will introduce a new automotive app for mobile devices, which allows remote interaction with the car. In 2017, a system named “Alliance Multimedia” is set to be launched, providing new multimedia and navigation features, as well as improved smartphone integration and wireless map updates. In 2018, the Alliance Connectivity & Internet of Things platform will support the new Virtual Personal Assistant feature for individual and business customers.