WUHAN, Hubei – Renault Group, together with its Chinese joint venture Dongfeng-Renault and Wuhan Caidian Ecological Development Group, plans to establish the French automaker’s first autonomous driving demonstration zone here.
The three parties signed an MOU on September 25 on the sidelines of the 3rd Sino-French Urban Sustainable Development Forum in Wuhan for the project, which will be based inside the Sino-French Ecological Demonstration City in Caidian District.
The project becomes China’s first autonomous driving demo zone inside a demonstration city and the first to open to the public.
Renault will provide a batch of its ZOE EVs for demonstration and over the next five years, the local government will purchase a batch of Fengnuo E300 EVs based on the Renault Fluence ZE to be used inside the demo zone. Renault will introduce an autonomous driving technology that allows automatic lane changing in complex road conditions in 2018 and autonomous driving technologies in city driving conditions without the need for a human driver in 2020.
During the project operation, Renault will also provide demonstration zone standards and maintenance for the demo vehicles.
The first demonstration run will begin in November along a 2-km road surrounding the Houguan Lake inside the demonstration city.