The cars use ultrasonic sensors, four radar sensors, four digital cameras, three laser scanners, a tri-focal front camera, and a long-range front radar.
Renault has unveiled three Espace Autonomous Drive demonstrators to 28 European Union Transport Ministers in Amsterdam.
The ministers were in the Netherlands to sign the Amsterdam Declaration which supports the development of autonomous vehicles.
The Espace Autonomous Drive demonstrators have already logged several hundred hours of testing in ordinary traffic conditions across Europe. In order to do this, the cars have been equipped with ultrasonic sensors, four radar sensors, four digital cameras, three laser scanners, a tri-focal front camera, and a long-range front radar. The information from the cameras and sensors is then used to locate lane marking and surrounding vehicles. Once all this information has been processed, the Espace can automatically drive itself.
Renault says the company is committed to introducing production vehicles with autonomous driving technology by 2020 with the desire to become the first automaker to offer affordable vehicles that are "eyes-off" and "hands-off." This effectively means the company wants to sell vehicles that are advanced enough that drivers won't have to look at the road ahead or keep their hands on the steering wheel.
The company went on to say more than 90 percent of accidents are caused by human error and its autonomous driving system could drastically reduce that number. Renault also noted autonomous driving systems can make travel more enjoyable and less stressful by being used "during the most tedious phases of journeys, such as when traveling on motorways or in congested traffic."
In a statement, Renault-Nissan's Head of Prospective Autonomous Driving Rémi Bastien said “Today marks a new chapter in the potential for autonomous driving vehicles on the road. Renault is pleased to be working closely with industry partners, competitors, and legislators to help ensure a safe and stressless future on the road.”