World’s fourth largest car group, Renault-Nissan has announced that it would be launching more than 10 vehicles equipped with autonomous drive technology over next 4 years. New executives that would oversee connectivity and connected car services globally have been hired by the group.
The range of vehicles will be launched in the United States, Europe, Japan and China through 2020 and the technology will be also be installed on mass-market cars at affordable prices. Safety and efficiency of vehicles across the Renault-Nissan Alliance have increased dramatically. For example, fatal and serious injuries in Nissan vehicles in Japan decreased 61 percent in 20 years; while the same in Renault vehicles in France decreased 80 percent in 15 years. Autonomous drive technology is expected to help further reduce driver error, which accounts for up to 90 percent of all accidents.
Carlos Ghosn, Chairman and CEO of Nissan-Renault Alliance, said “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.”
The alliance would also be launching suite of connectivity applications that will make it easier for people to stay connected. The alliance is already the industry’s zero-emission leader by far and has sold nearly 300,000 all-electric vehicles since the first Nissan LEAF was sold in December 2010 in the US.
Vehicles with “single-lane control” will also be making their debut in 2016 which would allow cars to drive autonomously on highways in heavy & stop-and-go traffic. For the year 2018, the alliance has planned to launch vehicles with “Multiple-lane Control” that would be capable of negotiating hazards and change lanes autonomously, while 2020 should make way for “Intersection Autonomy” that would make cars capable to navigate city intersections and all sorts of driving conditions autonomously. Autonomous technology will be available to drivers as an option who can resume control whenever needed.
The Alliance has also planned to launch a new automotive app for mobile platform that would enable interacting with car. And in the 2017, the alliance will launch the first multimedia system that would provide navigation and multimedia features in addition to seamless integration of smartphone with wireless map updates. For the year 2018, Alliance’s Connectivity & Internet of Things platform will have Virtual Personal Assistant feature for customers.
An announcement was also made about the hiring of technology executive Ogi Redzic, who would be leading the connected car initiative as Senior Vice President, Connected Vehicles and Mobility Services. Ogi Redzig has held positions at Motorola, NAVTEQ, and was working as Senior Vice President, Automotive at Nokia HERE before joining the group.