Published: January 20, 2016 | Paris
Renault has developed a new type of driving aid, My Driving Partner in collaboration with CloudMade, an innovative start-up offering complete solutions for connected, self-learning vehicles. The technology is designed to learn the individual driving habits and to follow up with customized advice to promote driving that is smoother and more relaxing.
By signalling driver earlier than aids such as ACC (Adaptive Cruise Control) or AEBS (Active Emergency Braking System), My Driving Partner offers an ingenious and personalized way to help the driver control the vehicle in a more optimal manner. The system is currently being evaluated on a fleet of Renault vehicles (ZOE, Clio and Captur) equipped with the R-Link 1 multimedia tablet.
It records driving-related parameters such as acceleration, braking and steering wheel angle as well as environmental information such as traffic and weather. The system learns a driver’s habits and keep track of notable occurrences.
My Driving Partner can be used in either “Companion” or “Challenge” mode. In each, the system provides feedback to the driver about his or her driving style. When the driver embarks on a journey that he or she has previously completed, My Driving Partner’s algorithm is able to predict situations to warn of potential risks. In Challenge mode, the system rewards the ‘best’ driver with points for their overall driving style and the smooth handling of various situations and provides a total at the end of the trip.
Because all drivers have their own style and habits, the collected information becomes part of the cloud-based driver’s profile. This feature is of particular interest when the same vehicle may be used by a number of different drivers such as company fleets, rental cars or vehicles shared among family members or when buying a new vehicle.