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Renault Showcases Its Progress In Autonomous ‘Valet’ Technology: UMAP

Imagine a future when you could simply make an online reservation for a vehicle whenever you needed one and it would drive itself to your designated pick-up point from the car park. You then authenticate your reservation by tapping a prepaid contactless card over a sensor located beneath the driver’s side windscreen, and drive off. Thereafter, you simply leave the vehicle at a designated drop-off point and it would drive itself back to the car park after use. What’s more, it does all of these while detecting and avoiding road obstructions and pedestrians autonomously. Renault is intensively testing this very scenario with its Urban Mobility Advanced Platform (UMAP) at Renault’s Technocentre with the Renault Fluence Z.E. Furthermore, there would not be any need to worry about refuelling, as this electric Fluence Z.E. can even wirelessly recharge itself at the car park.
OneShift Editorial Team
OneShift Editorial Team
10 Jan 2014

This project shows Renault's current progress and future direction in the area of autonomous or self-driving mobility technology. The objective is to run an electric vehicle on auto-pilot mode without passengers, in a controlled environment. This automatic mode can be used to steer the vehicle from a car park or charging station, to a designated location selected by the user and vice versa.

The UMAP project comprises of four main components:

  • Perception of the vehicle’s immediate environment through sensors and cameras.
  • Computer-controlled chassis management.
  • Geo-positioning via the vehicle’s navigation system.
  • A remote surveillance and services management system, which communicates with the vehicle.

All the sensors and activators utilised for the UMAP project are mainstream automotive components, thereby facilitating real-world implementation in the near future.

Credits: Oneshift News Team

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