VINCI Autoroutes and Groupe PSA are conducting trials to assess a vehicle’s ability to drive autonomously at cruising speed and pass through a tollgate in autonomous mode.
Groupe PSA is an automaker which is known for its five car brands, Peugeot, Citroën, DS, Opel and Vauxhall, and provides a wide array of mobility and smart services under the Free2Move brand. Vinci Autoroutes is one of Europe’s leading motorway operators under concession. It is a partner of the French government and local authorities, and serves over 100 towns with more than 10,000 residents and thousands of rural communities across France.
The companies are testing two new complex driving situations in real traffic conditions on the VINCI Autoroutes network:
• Changing into autonomous mode in a traffic area temporarily altered due to roadworks;
• Performing a “safe stop”, which involves the vehicle driving to a safe place in the event that the driver does not take back control in a specific situation (exceptional presence of obstacles on the road, severely deteriorated weather conditions, etc.) or in case of the end of the motorway.
These trials were carried out on the A10 and A11 motorways between Dourdan and Ablis using a Groupe PSA Peugeot 3008 prototype, which is part of the autonomous vehicle fleet for the AVA “Autonomous Vehicle for All” programme.
This operation is part of a collaboration between the two partners, which began in 2016. The results of these trials will feed into the standardisation work that will be carried out in various collaborative projects such as C-Roads or the SAM Project, to which both groups contribute.
Carla GOHIN, Groupe PSA’s Chief Technology Officer, said: “This trial is an additional step towards the deployment of autonomous vehicles. Two years after the first trial, the aim was to include even more constraints in the use cases by strengthening communication between the autonomous vehicle and the road infrastructure in order to broaden the scope of the system’s action while ensuring safety. These trials demonstrate the innovative and practical nature of the collaboration between Groupe PSA and VINCI Autoroutes, which is vital for the development of autonomous vehicles.”
“Smart motorway infrastructure is an essential asset in the development of autonomous vehicles. It enhances the contextual data shared with the navigation system to optimise the vehicle’s decision-making abilities and route,” said Pierre COPPEY, Chairman of VINCI Autoroutes and Executive Vice-President of VINCI. “In this respect, our collaboration with PSA is full of promise. The motorway network offers a life-sized testing ground for new mobility solutions that will revolutionize road use in the future.”
Source: Press Release