Renault has introduced their new Next Two prototype. It is based on the Zoe, the car is described as "Renault’s vision of an autonomous electric vehicle for the year 2020."
Renault has introduced their new Next Two prototype.
Based on the Zoe, the car is described as "Renault’s vision of an autonomous electric vehicle for the year 2020."
Designed to drive itself at speeds up to 30 km/h (18 mph), the prototype has been equipped with a variety of sensors and cameras that monitor the road. This information is then feed into a "supervisor" that controls how the electric power steering, motor and brakes should work.
The model has also been equipped with an Automated Valet Parking system which will enable the car to park itself in parking garages that cater to autonomous vehicles.
Besides the autonomous driving technology, the model has 3G/ 4G/WiFi connectivity, a head-up display and an augmented reality system that can superimpose navigation information on a real-time image of the road. The car also has a "virtual office," a video-conferencing system and a "smart seat" that can apparently adjust itself to the driver automatically.
According to Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn, "With Next Two, we wanted to combine the worlds of delegated driving and connectivity. Not only will autonomous driving enhance safety but it will also free up time for drivers. Being connected will enable them to make the most of this extra time by providing them with access to new in-car services such as video-conferences, on-line shopping, travel information and more.”