DS Automobiles – once a mere subunit of Citroen – is getting a head start against the other, more established brands in the PSA group, and it does so when it comes to an important upcoming technology.
The PSA Group is on a roll – they acquired Opel/Vauxhall from General Motors and rumors are high about the French automaker returning to the United States with the Peugeot marque. But on the other hand, DS Automobiles appears to be in the pole position for another group first – getting autonomous technologies. Early 2018, the all-new DS7 Crossback crossover is set to receive a set of semi-autonomous systems, including Park Pilot (self-parking) and Connected Pilot, a system designed to monitor the vehicle’s position while driving. It appears the info has been confirmed by a spokesperson, who stated the tech will then transfer to Peugeot and Citroen models following the DS7 Crossback introduction.
Until now, the French group has only been using systems belonging to Level 1 of autonomy, which is actually the usual array of non-intrusive “driver assistance” systems such as adaptive cruise control, active braking, and lane-keeping assistance, which are offered on a wide range of cars from the Group. The French seem a bit conservative in their autonomous approach though – adding they will have Level 3 features, already legal on European roads, only around the end of the decade.
Via Automotive News