Renault and Nissan confirm autonomous cars by 2020

Renault Nissan boss Carlos Ghosn outlines autonomous driving timeline for both brands

Fully autonomous Nissan and Renault cars will be on the roads by 2020, according to Renault Nissan Alliance boss Carlos Ghosn.

The technology will arrive in three steps, starting in 2016 when cars with Traffic Jam Autonomous Drive tech, keeping cars moving in lane in slow moving traffic, will be available in both Renaults and Nissans.

In 2018, the autonomous offering will be expanded to include Highway Autonomous Drive, which will not only keep cars moving in lane at a higher speed on the motorway, but will also allow the car to change lane automatically if safe to do so after the driver has activated the indicator.

Everything you need to know about self-driving cars

Autonomous driving will be complete in 2020 with City Autonomous Drive, with cars driving themselves around town.

Self driving cars still more than a decade away

However, Ghosn was quick to differentiate between autonomous driving cars where a driver is in control, and self-driving cars like the Google car concept where the driver has no input. “After we’ve introduced our autonomous technology comes driverless cars, but they’re in the long term in ten years plus,” Ghosn said.

He was speaking at the Geneva motor show where Renault launched its Kadjar crossover and Nissan unveiled its Sway supermini concept. However, Ghosn told Auto Express that none of Renault or Nissan’s mainstream models would benefit from the Alliance’s electric vehicle technology. “Electric cars have to be designed as plug-in from the start and it’s the same with plug-in hybrids,” he told us. “We don’t have plans to turn existing combustion-engined cars into EVs.”

Get more of the top news stories from the 2015 Geneva Motor Show 

Recommended

New Renault E-Tech engineered trim level comes to Clio, Captur and Arkana
Renault Clio E-Tech engineered - front static
News

New Renault E-Tech engineered trim level comes to Clio, Captur and Arkana

The Renault Arkana’s trim structure has been revised with the coupe-SUV now starting from £26,695
19 Jul 2022
Renault 4 to return as affordable and practical electric car
Renault 4 - front (watermarked)
News

Renault 4 to return as affordable and practical electric car

The iconic Renault 4 will bring retro design to the electric supermini segment
11 Jul 2022
Renault 5 Diamant celebrates 50 years of the French supermini
Renault 5 Diamant - front/nearside static
News

Renault 5 Diamant celebrates 50 years of the French supermini

The Renault 5 Diamant is an all-electric recreation, featuring a horsehair dash and marble steering wheel
5 Jul 2022
‘Renault is setting the pace of change for others to follow’
Opinion - Renault Scenic Vision
News

‘Renault is setting the pace of change for others to follow’

Editor-in-chief Steve Fowler thinks Renault is well on the way to becoming an EV-only company
26 May 2022

Most Popular

New Nissan Ariya 2022 review
Nissan Ariya - front
Road tests

New Nissan Ariya 2022 review

The entry-level version of the award-winning Nissan Ariya has a 250-mile range
15 Aug 2022
DS 4 vs Audi A3: 2022 twin test review
DS 4 and Audi A3: Both cars front tracking
Car group tests

DS 4 vs Audi A3: 2022 twin test review

Audi’s A3 may be the benchmark in the premium hatchback class, but DS wants to challenge that status with its new 4
13 Aug 2022
New 2022 MG7 could be a cut-price Audi A5
MG 7 - side
News

New 2022 MG7 could be a cut-price Audi A5

The new MG7 saloon has been teased ahead of its August reveal
8 Aug 2022