"Our goal is to provide our customers with models that feature a delegated autonomous driving mode from 2020 onward. This technology will make driving safer and more pleasant while also freeing up time for drivers."
Chief Engineer – Autonomous Vehicles
From ADAS to Autonomous Driving
Groupe Renault currently offers advanced driver assistance systems on its vehicles. These ADAS improve safety and act for the most part without human input, as is the case for automatic emergency braking (AEBS).
They serve as a gateway to autonomous vehicles, even though they are initially only there to provide assistance to the driver, who remains in charge of the vehicle.
Eyes off/hands off technology
“Eyes Off/Hands Off” technology is a form of autonomous driving with no driver supervision.
When drivers delegate driving activities, they no longer need to watch the road or have their hands on the steering Wheel - driving is now fully delegated to the vehicle.
This feature is intended for the most boring kinds of driving - driving in stop-and-go traffic, for instance - and only on approved highways.
Eyes off/hands off mode
When autonomous driving mode is activated, a set of sensors monitor the road and provide 360° surveillance of the vehicle: lidars (long-range laser scanners), long-range frontal radar, medium-range corner radar, frontal digital cameras, four 180° digital cameras, an ultrasound belt and more.
The data collected by these sensors is analyzed by the many embedded software “brains” that tell the vehicle what to do.
Eyes off/ hands off benefits
With the autonomous “Eyes Off/Hands Off” mode, Renault’s goal is to change the experience of riding in cars, making it more pleasant, more interesting and safer. This will significantly reduce the risk of accidents! Trips will be less stressful and more productive.
Drivers can make better use of their time by using in-vehicle connectivity to answer emails or watch videos. They can do so safely, outside conditions permitting, as long as applicable laws and regulations are followed, once these are updated to authorize these new features.