Renault-Nissan to launch 10+ vehicles with autonomous drive technology

Renault-Nissan has announced plans to launch more than ten vehicles with autonomous driving technology over the course of the next four years.

The alliance is keeping details under wraps but said autonomous driving technology will be offered on mainstream, mass-market cars at affordable prices.  The company went on to say they intend to offer autonomous driving systems in China, Europe, Japan, and the United States.

Renault-Nissan believes the use of autonomous driving technology will greatly improve safety as human error is to blame for up to 90 percent of all car-related fatalities.

The autonomous driving technology will be rolled out in waves and this year the company will introduce a single-lane control system that allows for autonomously driving on highways.  Two years later, the Renault-Nissan will introduce an improved system called multiple-lane control.  This system is more advanced as it will enable the car to autonomously change lanes on the highway.

2020 will see the introduction of an "intersection autonomy" system that allows the car to automatically drive through intersections and in heavy urban traffic.

In a statement, Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn said "Renault-Nissan Alliance is deeply committed to the twin goals of 'zero emissions and zero fatalities.' That's why we are developing autonomous driving and connectivity for mass-market, mainstream vehicles on three continents."

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