Renault Unveils Driverless Electric Vehicle Prototype

by Zachary Shahan

Renault's autonomous EV concept car is called the Next Two.
Renault’s autonomous EV concept car is called the Next Two. Image #1.

Renault has just unveiled an autonomous electric vehicle prototype aimed for commercialization by 2020. The prototype autonomous EV is called the Next Two.

“Using sensor technologies, Next Two enables the delegation of driving functions from the driver to the car in congested traffic up to [30] km/h (18.6 mph) on main roads. It also offers an Automated Valet Parking function which permits the vehicle to park itself completely autonomously in car parks equipped to cater for automated vehicles. This includes both finding a parking place and the necessary maneuvering,” Mike Millikin writes.

Renault's autonomous EV prototype is called the Next Two. Image #2.
Renault’s autonomous EV prototype is called the Next Two. Image #2.
Renault's driverless EV prototype, the Next Two, driving autonomously. Image #3.
Renault’s driverless EV prototype, the Next Two, driving autonomously. Image #3.

Regarding the automated parking, Renault writes: “An Automated Valet Parking function which permits the vehicle to park itself completely autonomously in car parks equipped to cater for automated vehicles. This includes both finding a parking place and the necessary manoeuvring.”

Thanks to the Next Two autonomous prototype, Renault’s aim is to take up position right now in this field of advanced technology which we believe will reach the marketplace by around 2020.

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. — Renault CEO Carlos Ghosn

"Look Ma, No Hands!" Renault's Next Two, driving autonomously. Image #4.
“Look Ma, No Hands!” Renault’s Next Two, driving autonomously. Image #4.
The interior of the Renault 'Next Two.' Image #5.
The interior of the Renault ‘Next Two’ still has a steering wheel we note.Image #5.

Check out Renault’s full report on the Next Two [PDF] for more details on this pioneering autonomous electric vehicle, including some example scenarios and how this vehicle fits into French and international transportation policy.

This article, Renault Unveils Autonomous Electric Vehicle Prototype, is syndicated from EV Obsession and is posted here with permission.

About the Author

EV Sales. Zachary ShahanZachary Shahan is the director of CleanTechnica, the most popular cleantech-focused website in the world, and Planetsave, a world-leading green and science news site. He has been covering green news of various sorts since 2008, and he has been especially focused on solar energy, electric vehicles, and wind energy for the past four years or so. Aside from his work on CleanTechnica and Planetsave, he’s the Network Manager for their parent organization – Important Media – and he’s the Owner/Founder of Solar Love, EV Obsession, and Bikocity. To connect with Zach on some of your favorite social networks, go to ZacharyShahan.com and click on the relevant buttons.

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