Groupe Renault and Sanef cooperate on autonomous vehicle testing

Carmaker Renault and motorway operator Sanef have announced that they are working together to develop communications between autonomous vehicles and road infrastructure.

The partnership will see the two companies carry out experiments in France to see how autonomous vehicles can pass through toll barriers and roadworks zones.

Mathieu Lips, who is leading the programme for Groupe Renault, said: “Maximizing safety for drivers, passengers and others with autonomous cars requires several stakeholders in both government and the private sector working together, each bringing unique expertise.

“Our goal is to work with Sanef to develop advances in safety and the right solutions to bring as soon as possible to customers the most comfortable travel in autonomous drive without interruption.”

We are convinced that autonomous vehicles need premium infrastructures to be developed.
— Edouard Fischer, chief technology officer, Sanef Group

Crossing a toll barrier or roadworks zone represents a major challenge for autonomous cars, according to the two partners.

However, by using connected infrastructure to share information with the autonomous vehicle as it approaches, the trial will guide the vehicle into a compatible lane and use virtual maps and sensors to maintain its position as it passes through the toll barrier.

“We are convinced that autonomous vehicles need premium infrastructures to be developed,” said Edouard Fischer, chief technology officer at Sanef Group.

“That’s the reason why Groupe Renault and Sanef Group are working together on this worldwide innovation. Our goals in terms of road safety and road tech are converging.”