Renault showcases autonomous obstacle avoidance tech

The new technology can learn an obstacle course when driven manually, and then repeat the sequence on its own

Groupe Renault has announced an autonomous control system that can handle tricky driving scenarios and avoid dangerous obstacles at high speed.

The Renault Open Innovation Lab has developed the latest expansion in autonomous driving technology. The car can learn fast driving sequences undertaken by professional racing drivers and can recreate the manoeuvres by itself. The technology scans the road in front for any obstacles to successfully avoid a collision.

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In the video above, a Renault Zoe nicknamed ‘Callie’ is driven by a professional driver through an obstacle course. The rigorous driving is then relayed to the autonomous driving system, which then precisely re-enacts the scenario without any input from the driver behind the wheel.

The technology is an evolution of Renault’s Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), with research into the technology published by Stanford University’s Dynamic Design Lab.

Groupe Renault’s latest development in aggressive autonomous driving is part of the group’s ‘Drive the Future’ strategy plan. Renault, along with subsidiaries Dacia and Alpine, plans to introduce 21 new models within the next five years.

Of those 21 new cars, 15 will feature autonomous driving technology and eight of them will be fully electric. The group plans on spending £16.1 billion from now until 2022 on research and development, so it’s likely that pretty soon we’ll see the next phase of autonomous driving capabilities among the Groupe Renault range.

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