Autonomous Renault Prototype Performs As Well As Human Drivers On An Obstacle Course

Group Renault has developed an autonomous driving prototype that has an “obstacle avoidance capability as good as professional test drivers.”

Dubbed Callie, the prototype is based on a Renault Zoe and it has been taught by some of the company’s best test drivers. As the human drivers complete the course at ever increasing speeds, Callie learns how the drivers respond to obstacles and then mimics them. Thanks to this learning process, the prototype can perform just as good as human drivers on the obstacle course.

Renault says this is an industry first and is an “important next step in using autonomous driving to improve vehicle safety.” The avoidance technology could be useful in a number of situations including when a vehicle in front of the car suddenly stops and the only way to avoid a collision would be to swerve into an adjacent lane.

Groupe Renault intends to become one of the first automakers to offer “Mind off” technology on mainstream vehicles and the company has plans to launch more than 15 Renault models with different levels of autonomous driving capabilities by 2022.

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

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  • LWOAP

    Now compare to the average driver on the road and see how well it does. You know, just for reference.

  • brn

    On a course that’s designed for their autonomous prototype, their autonomous prototype does just as well as a human? Got it.

  • Sébastien

    Remember some had this already 6years ago. https://youtu.be/t9Fxp3HK6DI

    And now it’s live on some US roads https://youtu.be/aaOB-ErYq6Y

  • SteersUright

    And the PR wars begin…

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