Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi have set out a new six-year strategic plan – Alliance 2022 – that includes measures to launch 40 autonomous drive vehicles by the year 2022.
Alliance members are already running a number of test programmes as they develop autonomous technologies. The new plan will see them harness these tests to offer increasingly advanced autonomous drive functionality for mass-market vehicles over the next few years.
By 2018, the alliance plans to offer a highly autonomous drive vehicle for use on highways, with a human driver continuously monitoring the vehicle’s environment.
In 2020, alliance members plan to deploy a highly autonomous drive vehicle for use in cities, with a human driver continuously monitoring the environment. They will also offer a highly autonomous drive vehicle for highway use, with occasional human driver intervention.
By 2022, alliance member companies expect to deploy their first fully autonomous drive vehicle, with no human driver intervention necessary.
The plan also sets out ambitions for the group to become a key operator of driverless taxis, building on its field tests with partners DeNA in Japan and Transdev in France.