Renault has taken another step along the road to autonomous cars and unveiled its latest and most sophisticated safety kit yet. Debuted on a Zoe electric car (nicknamed 'Callie') the tech is intended to help avoid obstacles in the road and has reaction times as good as those of a professional driver.
Renault says the tech was benchmarked against its own test drivers and in several cases, actually bested their reaction times.
Developed in California's Silicon Valley in collaboration with Stanford University's Dynamic Design Lab, the tech will complement Renault's existing Advanced Driver Assistance Systems such as radar cruise control and autonomous emergency braking. It has the ability to actively steer the car to avoid obstacles in the road, preventing a collision.
Renault says this tech is an important next step towards full autonomy, with the brand planning more than 15 models in its line-up with some form of autonomous technology by 2022. It plans to be one of the first manufacturers to offer what it's calling "Mind Off" technology on mainstream vehicles – that's full autonomy to you and me.
Simon Hougard, director of Renault Open Innovation Lab, said: "At Groupe Renault, we are focused on being an innovation leader in products, technology and design.
"Our innovation efforts aim to develop advanced autonomous driving technologies that consumers can trust will create a safer, more comfortable journey."