Renault has presented a very special ZOE - named Callie, which is equipped with a serious autonomous obstacle avoidance system; one that matches professional test drivers.

Such a capability is an industry first according to Renault.  And at some point in the future, it could be part of the brand's autonomous driving package.

The Callie was developed at the Renault Open Innovation Lab in Silicon Valley, California.

By 2022, Renault intends to have 15 models equipped with various levels of autonomous driving capabilities.

"The Renault Open Innovation Lab is part of the Labs network within the Alliance and is focused on improving safety and advancing autonomous driving technology. The technological advancement announced today:

  • Has been inspired by and tested against professional test drivers
  • Complements Renault’s existing achievements in driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and vehicle safety and is an important next step in using autonomous driving to improve vehicle safety
  • Will support Groupe Renault’s goal of becoming one of the first brands to offer widely available "Mind off" technology on mainstream vehicles and deploy fleets of robo-vehicles

The basis for this work comes from research published by Stanford University's Dynamic Design Lab (led by Professor Chris Gerdes, former Chief Innovation Officer of the U.S. Department of Transportation) that Renault Open Innovation Lab has been collaborating with."

Simon Hougard, Director of Renault Open Innovation Lab – Silicon Valley said:

“At Groupe Renault, we are focused on being an innovation leader in products, technology and design. Our innovation efforts aim at developing advanced autonomous driving technologies that consumers can trust will create a safer, more comfortable journey.”