On 2 October, one of PSA Peugeot Citroën’s four autonomous vehicles drove itself 580 km (360 miles) on the highway from Paris to Bordeaux entirely in autonomous mode to take part in the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress, which runs until 9 October. The car autonomously adjusted its speed and changed lanes to overtake, taking into account other vehicles, speed limits and infrastructure.
In July 2015, the Group became the first carmaker to obtain the relevant authorizations to carry out open road tests in France using 4 autonomous prototypes, with 15 such models in 2016.
The vehicle, which functions as autonomous level 3 (full automation in certain situations without driver control, but with driver intervention if necessary) combines data using prototype sensors (laser scanner, multifunction cameras, radars, GPS).
Speed is adapted to the surrounding environment, taking into account the presence of other vehicles, road infrastructure and the applicable speed limit.
Lane tracking and high-precision GPS route tracking guide the vehicle’s steering.
The vehicle can change lanes automatically including for overtaking, pulling back in, etc.
The journey made by our prototype today proves that autonomous vehicles are no longer of matter of science fiction. This ushers in a new era for mobility, which I find truly exciting.—Carlos Tavares, Chairman of the Managing Board of PSA Peugeot Citroën
PSA plans to introduce autonomous functions in its series-production vehicles in 2018.