Renault Debuts Autonomous Obstacle Avoidance System Matching Professional Driver

Groupe Renault Debuts Development Autonomous Obstacle Avoidance CALLIE
Renault Debuts Autonomous Obstacle Avoidance System Matching Professional Driver

Groupe Renault today announced it has developed an autonomous control system that handles challenging driving scenarios, and in an industry-first, has obstacle avoidance capability that matches professional test drivers. The company has developed this autonomous obstacle avoidance system that has been inspired by and tested against professional test drivers at the Renault Open Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley, US. It said the system used these professional test drivers, who are the best of best, as the inspiration and the benchmark in developing this system. The company tested this system on CALLIE, which is an autonomous driving car from Renault.

This autonomous obstacle avoidance system is said to complement Renault’s existing achievements in advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and vehicle safety. It is also claimed to be an important next step in using autonomous driving to improve vehicle safety. Additionally, this development will support Groupe Renault’s goal of becoming one of the first brands to offer widely available ‘Mind off’ technology on mainstream vehicles and deploy fleets of robo-vehicles. With this new innovation, the company is leveraging the strength of The Alliance in supporting the launch of over 15 Renault models with different levels of autonomous driving capabilities by 2022.

The Renault Open Innovation Lab is part of the Labs network within the Alliance and is focused on improving safety and advancing autonomous driving technology, Groupe Renault said. The basis for work of this system comes from research published by Stanford University's Dynamic Design Lab that Renault Open Innovation Lab has been collaborating with. This Dynamic Design Lab is led by Prof Chris Gerdes, former Chief Innovation Officer of the US Department of Transportation.

Simon Hougard, Director, Renault Open Innovation Lab – Silicon Valley, said at Groupe Renault the focus is 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,” he added.

Here’s the video link showcasing this technology in action: